Fox News host suggests Holder ‘inciting racism’ to ‘boost minority turnout’

By David Edwards
Monday, June 4, 2012 14:43 EDT
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Brian Kilmeade suggests Eric Holder "inciting racism" (Fox News)
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Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Monday suggested that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was “inciting racism” in a effort to get more minorities to vote for President Barack Obama.

Kilmeade noted on Monday that the state of Florida had vowed to defy a Justice Department order to halt a massive unauthorized purge of voter rolls.

“The U.S. Justice Department telling Florida it’s efforts to prevent voter fraud, but the state now fighting back against Attorney General Eric Holder and defying the order,” the Fox News host reported. “The search of the voter list turned up over 180,000 registered voters who may not be U.S. citizens are are therefore ineligible to vote. Florida says it has a duty to make sure that only eligible voters are allowed to vote, but the DOJ, however, says the efforts are discriminatory and violates the Voting Rights Act.”

“Some of Eric Holder’s harshest critics say he’s trying to boost the minority turnout in the November election by inciting racism,” Kilmeade concluded.

Those remarks echo an article (cached here) in the Wall Street Journal last week titled “Holder’s Racial Incitement.”

“The two most powerful men in America are black, two of the last three Secretaries of State were black, numerous corporate CEOs and other executives are black, and minorities of many races now win state-wide elections in states that belonged to the Confederacy, but the AG implies that Jim Crow is on the cusp of a comeback,” the Journal insisted.

“For all of Mr. Obama’s attempts to portray Mitt Romney as out of touch, no one has suffered more in the Obama economy than minorities,” the article continued. “Which explains Mr. Holder’s racial incitement strategy. If Mr. Obama is going to win those swing states again, he needs another burst of minority turnout. If hope won’t get them to vote for Mr. Obama again, then how about fear?”

“It’s worse than a shame that America’s first black Attorney General is using his considerable power to inflame racial antagonism.”

Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast June 4, 2012.


(h/t: Media Matters)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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