Holder: ‘Make America Great’ mindset flawed, rooted in fear

Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderArkansas legislature splits Little Rock in move that guarantees GOP seats Oregon legislature on the brink as Democrats push gerrymandered maps Christie, Pompeo named co-chairs of GOP redistricting group MORE said late Saturday that the "Make America Great Again mindset" is flawed and "rooted in fear."

“This sort of thinking, this 'Make America Great' mindset is not only flawed, it’s rooted in fear. And it favors an imagined past over a realistic future," Holder said while speaking at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner.

Holder also questioned what time period people who want to "make America great again" would rewind to if given the chance, referring to President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE's campaign slogan.


“Certainly it was not when people were enslaved,” he said. “Certainly it was not when segregation was the law of the land. Certainly it was not when women were disenfranchised. Certainly it was not when the LGBT community was routinely stigmatized.”

Holder has said he is considering running for the presidency in 2020. He served as attorney general from 2009-2015 under former President Obama and currently runs the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, an organization he created that encourages pro-Democratic redrawings of congressional districts.

Holder on Saturday also encouraged people to vote in the November midterm elections

“We have an opportunity to send a message ... to the present occupant of the White House, to the extremists who surround him and to those that support him, that we will not allow for the dismantling of the social compact forced by Roosevelt and other great presidents between we the people and our government," he said.

"Make no mistake, we are in the struggle of our lives.”