Deflection is at the top of Democrats’ playbook.
Former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder is setting his sights on redistricting GOP strongholds throughout the country, claiming current maps are “rigged” against Democrats.
Holder told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that “structural” changes in redistricting are needed for Democrats to gain control of Congress and state legislatures.
“I mean, if you look at the state of Wisconsin where in 2012 Democrats won over 50 percent of the vote and then you look at the congressional delegation Democrats only have one third of the seats. If you look to at the legislator, Democrats have only about one third of the seats.
“And people are trying to — seeing that there are problems with that, you know, that the system is in fact rigged, that people’s votes in some ways don’t matter. And people are upset about that. People want to come up with ways in which they can rectify that situation.
“And I’m not being hyperbolic when I say this, they want — people want to save our democracy, and I think that’s really what is at stake.”
Last year, Holder said that the “biggest rigged system in America is gerrymandering.”
His comments were made as part of an event formally launching the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), which seeks to help elect Democrats and create congressional districts more favorable to the Democratic party.
Winning seats in the 2018 midterms is at the top of Holder’s list.
“The officials elected in 2018 will be the people sitting at the table when it comes to 2021,” the former top prosecutor said at a Washington breakfast on Wednesday.
“This makes the elections in 2018 very vital. These are in some ways the first, critical steps to putting in place people who will take power back and give it to people.”
Holder’s efforts seeks to undo the crushing losses suffered by Democrats during the Obama administration. Republicans gained approximately 1,000 state legislative seats between 2009 and 2016. The GOP controls both legislative chambers and the governorship in 26 states.
Holder’s group gained a victory last week when the Supreme Court ruled Pennsylvania’s congressional boundaries unconstitutional and ordered redistricting, siding with the plaintiff supported by the NDRC.
The former Justice Department head had his share of scandals that led to accusations of “rigging.”
He was held in contempt of Congress for not providing lawmakers with documents related to Fast and Furious, a failed DOJ sting operation that placed 2,000 weapons in the hands of Mexican drug gangs.
Holder also took heat for naming former Fox News reporter James Rosen a criminal “co-conspirator” in 2010 in order to get access to his emails and phone records. In 2013, Holder subpoenaed phone records from the Associated Press.
The Democratic National Committee has come under fire over its own “rigging” scandals, specifically coordinating with the Hillary Clinton campaign to secure the nomination for her against primary opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Former Interim DNC chair Donna Brazile admitted that the party relinquished control to the Clinton camp even while primary season was ongoing. Additionally, Brazile fed Clinton debate questions ahead of time.
It’s ironic that Eric Holder is going on about “rigging”–it’s a subject Democrats know a lot about.