What is Holder's proof -- to the extent that any is required?
After all, following his election, Obama's favorable ratings reached nearly 80 percent, higher than any president-elect since John F. Kennedy. Obama, in 2008, received a greater percentage of the "white vote" than did John Kerry.
Polls, studies and statistics, for Holder, aren't relevant when it comes to racism. Some claim to possess "gaydar," an ability to discern the sexual orientation of a gay person. Holder, it seems, possesses the instinctive ability to discern "racists."
Holder added, "You know, people talking about taking their country back. ... There's a certain racial component to this for some people. I don't think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there's a racial animus."
Is Holder truly suggesting opponents disguise their racial animus through rhetoric like, "taking their country back"? Where have we heard the assertion that the take-back-America slogan equals racism?
Ben Jealous, the former president and CEO of the NAACP, made the same argument back in 2010. "They use this rhetoric," said Jealous, "'take back our country' -- as if nobody else belongs to the country. ... They question the nationality of people of color from the President all the way down. And it's deeply, deeply disturbing."
But CNN's Anderson Cooper played Jealous a montage of Democratic politicians using the very same rhetoric:
Then-presidential candidate Howard Dean, 2003: "Today, we stand in common purpose to take our country back!"
Then-presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, 2004: "To take back our country ... "
Sen. Charles Schumer, N.Y., 2006: "We are going to take our country back!"
Then-presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, 2007: "It's going to be because of you that we take our country back."
Then-presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton, 2008: "To make sure we take our country back ... "
New Mexico's Gov. Bill Richardson, 2008: "Are you ready to take our country back?"
Then-Minnesota senatorial candidate Al Franken, 2008: "This is the year we take our country back."