Eric Holder proclaims ‘we have our MOMENT’, urges protesters to keep pushing for ‘sweeping changes’

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Former Attorney General Eric Holder was slammed on social media after he cheered on the “patriotic protesters” and declared that this is “our moment” to bring on “sweeping changes” in the nation.

The former Obama administration official got a reality check from Twitter users as he continued his commentary on the fallout from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week, praising the Black Lives Matter protests and calling for a “movement.”

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

“We have our MOMENT. The entire nation has been galvanized. The patriotic protesters have done well and will continue to do so,” Holder, who served as attorney general from 2009 to 2015, tweeted Sunday.

“This is not enough. We need to construct a MOVEMENT that puts in place the structural reforms necessary for the sweeping changes that are badly needed.”

The self-described “wingman” for former President Obama has been vocal on his social media account about Floyd, who died after then-police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against his neck for several minutes during an arrest in Minneapolis. Chauvin and the other three officers involved have been arrested and face charges including  second-degree murder.

Holder did call out the rioters as “idiots” in one tweet, accusing those who have been looting, setting fires and generally causing destruction of “co-opting the righteous anger of those who truly suffer. ”

He also accused the former Minneapolis police officers who were involved in the arrest of George Floyd of lacking training or “humanity.”

“Officers who stood by and watched George Floyd die either did not receive training that empowered them to intercede or lacked the humanity to get involved,” he tweeted.  “This inaction has to be called out and people held liable. Good cops pay the price for this. Mr. Floyd paid with his life.”

But Holder’s call to action on Sunday sparked fiery backlash on Twitter where many were happy to remind him of his own dismal record while serving in the Obama administration.

Apparently, the nation’s first African-American attorney general forgot his own scandal-ridden past.

Holder, who once challenged Republicans to a “knife fight” and declared that he and other Democrats were ready to ”rumble” ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, holds the dubious honor of being the only sitting U.S. Attorney General to be held in both civil and criminal contempt of Congress in 2012. Holder had refused to release documents to the House Oversight Committee that pertained to the failed Justice Department sting operation known as Fast and Furious. The program allowed approximately 2,000 weapons from the U.S. to pass into the hands of suspected Mexican gun smugglers.

While many Holder fans gushed over his latest remarks advocating change, the career prosecutor was quickly reminded by other Twitter users of the failings of the Obama administration.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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