USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers called Eric Holder’s “whining” about Republican racism against him and President Obama “a little unseemly,” with the former Democratic strategist claiming the Clinton administration was treated many times worse by Republicans in the 1990s.
Powers spoke on a Fox News panel along with Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer about remarks made by Holder on Thursday after a contentious hearing with House Republicans the day before.
The attorney general heavily suggested that opposition to him and President Obama was: (a) unprecedented and (b) was due to the fact they are both African-American (RELATED: Holder on Gohmert exchange: ‘What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?’).
“I find the whining a little unseemly, honestly, having lived through the Clinton years — when Republicans accused the Clintons of killing their best friend, Vince Foster,” Powers said. “So the idea that no one president has ever been treated badly or been criticized before is just ahistorical.”
“I understand they feel that they’ve been mistreated,” she continued, “and look, I do feel that [House Oversight chair Darrell] Issa has gone a little overboard with Holder, and it has gotten very contentious.”
“But at the same time,” she concluded, “he’s certainly not the first attorney general — Barack Obama is not the first president — to ever deal with this kind of situation.”
Krauthammer seconded that notion. “Let me just say that I would endorse what Kirsten is saying about his whining,” he added, saying this “brings Holder up to the level of world-class whiner.”
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