Eric Holder is still playing “will he? won’t he?”
The former Obama attorney general again kept open the possibility of running for president in 2020, telling the New York Times in a Wednesday interview that he might enter the race in order to “unify” the country.
Holder explained what would motivate him to challenge President Trump in 2020.
“If I were going to do it, I would do it because I would think I would have concluded that I could maybe unify the country, because it’s bigger than any one person,” he said.
“That I could repair and then advance the nation in a variety of contexts,” Holder added. “That I had something to contribute. That would be — I think that would push me toward considering the run.”
He also described what would keep him from launching a presidential bid.
“On the negative side, I’ve been in public life a fair amount of years. I remember unpleasant hearings with some congressmen who are now leaving. And you know, to subject myself and my family to that could be a negative.”
The former Obama administration official may have been referring to his being held in contempt of Congress in 2012 for failing to provide lawmakers with documents related to Fast and Furious, a failed Department of Justice sting operation that ultimately put 2,000 weapons in the hands of Mexican gangs.
Holder, who resigned as attorney general two years into Obama’s second term, has taken an active role in politics since President Trump assumed office.
He founded and directs the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which challenges alleged Republican “gerrymandering,” with a focus on battleground states.
The group has threatened to sue the Trump administration to prevent it from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
Constitution does not require citizenship question. This is purely political. Trump Administration is trying to rig the 2020 Census (to protect gerrymandering) by intimidating people. Don’t be fooled-some states will unfairly lose funds and representation. We will sue. https://t.co/2R3mZ0FQSp
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) March 27, 2018
On Twitter, conservatives were less-than-impressed with the prospect of a Holder candidacy.
Therefore, he won’t run. He couldn’t unify the country with a Super Glue fire hose!
— J Barry Wright (@bearmantn) March 30, 2018
Does he mean like he unified Ferguson? Or how he unified the rest of the country when he was AG?
— Joseph Salvatore (@Josal87) March 30, 2018
He couldn’t unify a group of cub scouts!
— Donna MAGA !!! (@thisisscarystuf) March 30, 2018
He obviously doesn’t know what unify means. No thanks! No more destroyers!!!
— Jennifer Clayton (@clayton902101) March 30, 2018
Al Capone might run too!
— Chris Garraty (@ChrisGarraty) March 30, 2018
Ewww! Not even a longshot
— Ratatouille NOTPC (@RNotpc) March 30, 2018
Eric holder is delusional!
— Kinder Teach (@KinderTeach12) March 30, 2018