July 14th, 2014
08:28 PM ET

Holder: "Racial animus" fuels opposition to Obama

President Barack Obama's top law enforcement official citing race as the reason behind opposition to the president.

Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday told ABC's "This Week" that "there's a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that's directed at me (and) directed at the President. ... There's a certain racial component to this for some people."

Some media conservatives say he's playing racial politics.

OutFront to debate Holder's remarks, CNN Political Commentators Greg Anthony and Ben Ferguson, and CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin.

Filed under: News • Politics • Racism
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  1. PaulRainwater

    CNN is bias and full of idiot producers, to even propose this question is bias and shows how stupid and irrelevant CNN OutFront is, try learning some real journalism

    July 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  2. Cheryl

    While watching the show tonight...I cannot believe that no one called out Sonny Hostin for RACISM.? Every word that came out of her mouth about Rush Limbaugh was racist. Limbaugh called Obama an African American? What is racist about that? It seems like every other year what is acceptable changes? Years ago they were called Afro Americans, then they were African Americans, now they are blacks? First of all President Obama is technically bi-racial and no one ever refers to him that way? It is as crazy as it gets to say after Holder and Obama have been elected and RE-ELECTED that the masses are racist again them! They ARE against them just as Limbaugh said (and I am no fan of his) it is because of their horrible lack of leadership and getting nothing done. PERIOD. IF they were green men from Mars they are both horrible and should have NOT been given second chances to do more of nothing. It is hurting the Country and we all including Sonny KNOW this. We ALL wanted Obama to do well, make CHANGES and give hope to Americans, and he has been the biggest failure ever.

    July 15, 2014 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  3. Kareno

    Everyone who criticizes on principle is called the modern day equivalent of the n word. A racist. It is pure race baiting. For God sakes we have a Black president and. a Black attorney general! What more do you need to see it is ginned up cover by a failing inept administration and indeed, race baiting

    July 15, 2014 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  4. Zax

    This argument is very even on both sides, I love it.

    July 15, 2014 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  5. Pat Swinton

    He's right ..... Way too many clear and ambiguous comments all the tine. The gross cartoons, names. Don't tell me they have ever or would ever speak that way to a white man let alone a white president

    July 15, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  6. Kareno

    This is what the administration is built on: all criticism is demeaned and called racist. It is no longer permissible to critique policy because if you do you are labelled with the modern day "n" word: RACIST!

    July 15, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  7. J. F. Sebastian

    White people are tired of being called racist. It doesn't matter if you disagree with an African American because they are wrong, they believe and often say it is because you are racist and may not even know it. LOL

    July 15, 2014 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  8. stanely21

    Bad form for a Black politician to misplay the race card. People said for years we weren't "ready for a Black president" well they are proving that true by not being able to stand up to criticism. There has never been a president that wasn't hated by roughly half the country. What they did to Bill Clinton was infinitely worse than anything Barack or Holder have had to endure. Racism is as racism DOES, and your not helping the cause by exploiting it. Cry me a river.

    July 15, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  9. DOJ Attorney

    I've been with the DOJ since the 1980s. Every administration makes mistakes, but I've never seen as much disregard for the law by any other president, Republican or Democrat. It's disturbing to many of us.

    Any animus is not about race; it's about incompetence, a disregard for the truth, and expediency above the rule of law.

    July 15, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  10. Barbara

    It is obvious and apparent that race, racism, bigotry, and racial hatred, rather conscious or subconscious, is currently and has been from the beginning of this President's Presidency, a dominant force that has cause significant harm to this country. Sad.

    July 15, 2014 at 9:50 am | Reply
  11. matt

    This has been the most divisive administration in history. With the election of a black man as president, they said this would be a "post-racial" administration. Instead, it is a most-racial one.

    July 15, 2014 at 8:51 am | Reply
  12. Prof. John Switzer

    Downright ridiculous. The same country that elected a man of African descent is now a racist country? C'mon, Mr. Holder, you can't have it both ways. If you don't like people talking about "taking back their country," then get out of politics. During the Bush years it was a major mantra of everyone on the Democrat party. I find it disgusting that truth has left our political arena in favor of power plays, lies, and distortions.

    July 15, 2014 at 7:46 am | Reply
  13. Tim

    C'mon Erin where's the truth in advertising when it comes to Greg Anthony who is a lifelong Republican, former head of the young Republicans of Nevada and who aspired to be Nevada's 1st black Republican Senator. Yes, he endorsed Obama in '08 but actively campaigned for Romney in Nevada in '12. He is not representative of MOST black men's political views. You needed to more fully explain who he is politically in a discussion like you just had. Bad form, Erin! Misleading!

    July 14, 2014 at 8:38 pm | Reply

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