Washington (CNN) — Attorney General Eric Holder says he sees “racial animus” in strident Republican opposition to some Obama administration policies. Some media conservatives say he’s playing racial politics.
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.”
Holder said he also stood by comments from a 2009 speech in which he said America is a “nation of cowards” on race and sees a crop of new voter identification laws, many of them passed by GOP-controlled state legislatures, as a way to disenfranchise minority voters.
Some conservative figures accused Holder and the White House of “playing to the fears and anxieties of minorities in hopes of scaring them to the polls in November,” as Wall Street Journal opinion writer Jason L. Riley wrote in an editorial for the paper on Monday. “The willingness of the Obama administration to stoke racial divisions for political gain is astounding,” Riley wrote adding that the voter identification laws are intended to ensure “ballot integrity” and that there’s no proof they suppress minority votes.