President Donald Trump and his administration frequently misrepresent their personal enemies as enemies to the entire United States. From questioning former President Barack Obama’s citizenship to calling the press ‘the enemy of the people,’ Trump and his administration have signaled that dissent is tantamount to betrayal.
So when Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder went on MSNBC to criticize the administration’s infamous “Make America Great Again” slogan, he was already playing with fire.
“When I hear these things about let’s ‘Make America Great Again,’ I think to myself, exactly when did you think America was great? It certainly wasn’t when people were enslaved,” Holder said. “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. You know, America has done superb things, has done great things, and it has been a leader in a whole range of things, but we’re always a work in process.”
“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.”
Vice President Mike Pence pounced on one sentence in Holder’s words.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) March 28, 2019
And Holder had the perfect response.
America IS great. And can-and must-be greater still. “Make America great again” means YOU think America is not great now-and is backward looking. America is at its best when we look forward, embrace an uncertain future and make it ours. That is what defines American greatness https://t.co/ASagCEPMZ5
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) March 28, 2019
America is great. We must work together to keep the country moving forward in healthcare, education, and immigration.
— Mindy (@musingmindy) March 29, 2019
Mike Pence citing the example set by Dr. MLK as instance of American Greatness is like Hitler citing the founding of the Nation of Israel in 1948, as an example of German Greatness. @VP
— Sankofa Asante (@sankofa_asante) March 29, 2019
Mr Holder owns Sponge Bob Pence on Twitter. Love it! 😍
— Char Annen (@cb_annen) March 29, 2019
And put Mike Pence through the wringer.
Divider-in-Chief, Jr. @VP this post is hardly fair. U sold your soul to be VP to the most vile man to ever inhabit the WH. It’s disgusting. This admin has dragged the USA into the gutter and is not great by any far reach of imagination. You are complicit in our destruction.
— Lori Hannah (@LoriHannah58) March 29, 2019
America has and always will be great…but how about this Mike Pence @VP Make America HONEST Again. Clean up the lies. Follow that with @realDonaldTrump standing up to Putin and telling him he better NEVER mess with our democracy again???
— Sandy Rivers (@sandyErivers) March 28, 2019
Don’t forget this one. It’s my favorite. pic.twitter.com/11QktpO7bx
— Ho_Oh (@11ho_oh11) March 28, 2019
Holder’s words reminded many of a harsh reality.