Huckabee: Holder contempt 'not about his color'
Response to claims of racism
- Duration 3:00
- Date Jul 9, 2012
Response to claims of racism
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Look after the House of Representatives voted to hold attorney general Eric Holder in contempt of congress.
For failing to honor a subpoena for documents related to the taxpayer funded gun running operation that resulted in the murder of -- US Border Patrol officer.
Holder and some members of congress insinuate.
That the vote was based on holder being the first African American to serve as attorney general.
Now this was not a strict partisan vote seventeen Democrats joined in the vote for the contempt charge.
Saying that it was about race.
And not about the fact that your tax dollars bought guns that ended up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels and ultimately we're used to murder.
300 -- Mexicans.
And an American law enforcement officer.
Is an insult.
Not just to Bryan Terry the murdered officer.
But an insult to African Americans everywhere.
Look I grew up in -- Jim -- dominated south.
I know what racism looks like.
I also fought against -- my entire adult life.
Having appointed more people of color to key positions in the government than any other governor in my State's history.
And having received over 48% of the African American vote unheard of for a Republican.
I take a backseat to no one in fighting the evils of bigotry.
But it's not just disappointing it's disgusting to hear the attorney general and members of congress hide behind charges of racism.
Instead of answering legitimate questions as to why Brian Terry is dead.
And who's responsible for it.
It insults the true achievements of African Americans who've accomplished great things not because they were artificially propped up are protected by race preferences.
But because they were genuinely the best in what they did.
-- there is still some racism.
In this country I know that but that's not the reason Eric Holder is in trouble.
And it's condescending and contemptuous of every taxpayer to think that wanting answers to a botched government operation.
And the resulting lies and cover ups is about race.
Because if we can't question the competence of elected -- reported government officials who were supposed to be accountable to taxpayers.
If in fact they're people of color.
The -- take the jobs.
Martin Luther King Jr.
had a drain.
His dream was that people would be neither judged or excused.
By the color of their skin.
But by the content of their character.
Claiming racism because a bipartisan vote in congress asked for answers from the highest law enforcement officer in the nation is absurd.
A quality means people are treated without regard to their color not treated better are worse because -- When white kids don't get prosecuted to the extent that black kids do for an identical drug crime.
But when we ask an attorney general to follow the law.
Not about his -- It's about his compliance.
With the law.
That's -- dare.