Attorney General Eric Holder slammed former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Sunday, saying she is neither a very good legal scholar nor an effective vice presidential candidate.
He also said he believed that some critics of the president attack him because he is the nation’s first black president.
Fielding a question about Palin’s call last week to impeach President Obama, Holder told ABC’s “This Week” that the former vice president candidate “wasn’t a particularly good vice presidential candidate (in 2008). She’s an even worse judge of who ought to be impeached and why.”
Palin is only part of a growing Republican chorus calling for Obama’s impeachment for everything from his handling of the spike in illegal border crossings to excessive use of executive orders in healthcare and other areas.
“For whatever reason, (some) Republicans decided early on that this was a president they were just simply not going to cooperate with,” Holder said. “And over the past five-and-a-half years, we have seen demonstrations of that, where the president has reached out his hand, offered compromises that have simply not been met (in the way) they have been in the past by a Republican Party willing to do the appropriate things.”
Holder also blasted House Republicans’ plans to sue Obama over executive changes made to Obamacare.
“It’s a more, I think, a political gesture than a truly legal one,” Holder said. “Filing a lawsuit against the president that has no basis is not going to improve the quality of life for the American people.”
Holder said that he believed that Obama is subject to “a certain level of vehemence” that is partly racial.
“You know, people talking about taking their country back,” Holder said. “There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.”
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