Eric Holder, the former Attorney General of the United States under President Obama, questioned Wednesday the “Make America Great Again” movement by asking on MSNBC: “Exactly when did you think America was great?”
Holder, who recently confirmed that he would not be running for president in 2020, sounded a lot like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said late last year that it was his opinion that the U.S. “was never that great.” In both instances, the remarks went a long way towards solidifying a long-unspoken assumption about the Democratic Party – namely, that it is home of unpatriotic grievance-holders who think we live in a country built on racism, genocide, and white supremacy. And that, more importantly, all of those remain the most defining features of the United States.
Continuing with his theme, Holder said, “[America] certainly wasn’t when people were enslaved. It certainly wasn’t when women didn’t have the right to vote. It certainly wasn’t when the LGBT community was denied the rights to which it was entitled.”
Host Ari Melber asked: “Does that phrase echo discrimination in your ears?”
“It takes us back to what I think, an American past that never in fact really existed. This notion of greatness,” Holder replied. “You know, America has done superb things. It has done great things. And it has been a leader in you know, a whole range of things. But we are always a work in process and looking back, ‘Make America Great Again’ is inconsistent with who we are as Americans at our best where we look at the uncertain future, embrace it and make it our own.”
Jesus Christ, it’s a campaign slogan. You might be overthinking it a tad.
But it’s good for us that they do this. Because it shows you just how warped their ideas are when it comes to this country. If anyone can look at the last 240 years of American progress and come to the conclusion that this country was “never great,” that says more about them than the country. And it should say a great deal about whether or not they need to be the ones in charge of our nation’s future.