On his Wednesday program, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh called voter identification comments Attorney General Eric Holder made to black leaders “irresponsible” and “reprehensible.”
According to Holder, voter ID laws passed in a myriad of states will block access to the voting booth for minorities and young voters across the United States. That allegation, according to Limbaugh, was dishonest and motivated by politics.
“This is irresponsible,” Limbaugh said. “It’s worse than irresponsible. This is — it’s reprehensible what Holder is doing here … This is why Holder is having meetings with the black churches, the ministers. And he’s going to bring the IRS along, he’s going to bring the Congressional Black Caucus along, the ACLU along. And we’ve got two sound bites. Now keep in mind, this is the attorney general of the United States. This is not some rabid pundit on the left, on MSNBC.”
According to Limbaugh, politics is supposed to be ignored when it comes to law enforcement, but Holder’s statement was anything but “non-partisan.”
“This is not some say-anything-to-get-noticed rabble-rousing media person. It’s not some kooky left-wing Communist member of Congress,” Limbaugh said. “This is the attorney general of the United States, who is supposed to look at this country in a non-partisan way, and enforce the laws of this country. The No. 1 law enforcement officer of this country. And his job is to protect and guarantee freedom, along with everyone else who takes an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution.”
Later, Limbaugh condemned Holder and other black leaders for using these tactics to scare the black community.
“This really is irresponsible,” he added. “It’s absurd and it’s a classic illustration of the disservice done to the black community by black leaders: Lying to them, scaring them, keeping them huddled in fear in the corners of their homes with imaginary monsters and threats who are going to do imaginary, monstrous things to them. If I didn’t know better, I would say they’re setting up an excuse for Obama losing here.”
But Limbaugh dismissed that as a possibility this far away from Election Day.
“If I didn’t know better, I would say they were already scared Obama’s going to lose, the black vote’s not going to turn out, and this is all the setup an excuse for it,” he continued. “But I reject that because it’s way too early for anybody to be thinking that way.”