On the morning of the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, President Donald Trump did not let up in his endless campaign to discredit his political opponents. Tuesday, he targeted Obama-era U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, exasperatingly exclaiming that the former official might as well be the current leader of the Justice Department with how far off course from Trump’s agenda it’s gone.
Holder responded to the rhetorical attacks Tuesday morning, using his platform to stick up for those who — as the literal president of the United States — you’d hope Donald Trump would be sticking up for.
He wrote, in part:
‘This is not a day for the usual unhinged Trump politics. This is a day to remember the innocent Americans we lost and the brave first responders who gave their lives. They’re the best of America and we should honor their sacrifice.’
Trump most certainly missed that memo.
His Tuesday ranting against Holder and other interests caps a long list of disrespect he’s heaped in connection to the 9/11 attacks. For instance, during the 2016 campaign season, he claimed to have seen thousands of American Muslims celebrating the attacks, but those celebrations never happened — although Trump continued on antagonizing Muslims through other means, like his travel ban.
Separately, he has also bragged that following the attacks and the collapse of the Twin Towers, he had the tallest building in downtown Manhattan, although to say that such is irrelevant to the thousands of lives lost on September 11, 2001, is an understatement.
He’s even gone so far as to have used city money for businesses affected by 9/11 although nothing he worked on was at least physically affected by the attacks. His business was reportedly — technically — eligible for the $150,000, but his business was eager to sop it up no matter their lack of physical damages — and claims they needed the money for “repairs.”
In the time since, he’s run all over American institutions through other means like his endless attacks on the nation’s justice system. His claims that Holder might as well currently be attorney general come after a long — and growing — list of angry undercuts to actual Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Recently, for instance, he complained that the Justice Department had brought charges against two sitting Republican Congressmen considering the high stakes midterms later this year. That’s despite the fact that they’re both credibly alleged criminals and at least one of them (U.S. Rep. Chris Collins) carried on with their criminal insider trading literally at the Trump White House.
For behavior along those lines, Trump is currently facing the scrutiny of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who besides looking into possible Trump team collusion with Russia, is examining whether the president should be considered guilty of obstruction of justice.
Whether the president will answer questions from the special counsel about possible obstruction — or any questions at all, really — is still up in the air, but in the meantime, Holder offered a defense of the Justice Department Tuesday, exclaiming:
‘My DOJ would and did care. And continue to fight for protections for voting rights, health care, climate, LGBTQ rights, gun safety measures, criminal justice reform. Would stand up to Congressional hacks and for the career people at DOJ.’
Check out Twitter’s response below.
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