Former attorney general Eric Holder may just throw his hat in the ring and run for the 2020 presidential seat.
On Monday, Holder told Stephen Colbert about his Presidential prospects, saying: “I’m thinking about it.”
“What I’ve said,” he added, “is that I’d make a determination sometime early next year. My focus, really, now, is on 2018, the midterms and trying to make sure that Democrats take back the Senate, take back the House and do well, importantly, at the state level.”
Holder has a lot to say about the 2018 midterm elections and the political climate that has been fostered by the GOP and the Trump Administration, ABC News reports..
Eric Holder is the chair of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) which serves as a strategic hub for developing a comprehensive redistricting strategy. The group believes the only way to truly restore fairness to politics is to combat Republican gerrymandering that, in the group’s words, is ‘plaguing our country.’
He said with redistricting scheduled for 2021 and “a real problem with partisan gerrymandering” he wants “to make sure we elect as many people as possible at the governor level, at the state legislature level, that when 2021 comes, we have a fair redistricting process.”
Recently Eric Holder answered some questions about gerrymandering and the affects on the Black community.
How has the GOP used gerrymandering against African Americans?
Holder: “It’s no secret that states that are the most gerrymandered also have the most restrictive voter I.D laws — laws which consistently [and disproportionately] affect African-Americans and other minorities.
“During the redistricting process that happened in 2011, republicans used new technology to take gerrymandering to unprecedented levels,” Holder said at event in Washington, D.C. Monday. “By creating safe districts – they locked themselves into power and they shut out voters from the electoral process. In particular, they used racial gerrymandering to pack minorities into districts in ways that diminished their voting power […]. It’s not a coincidence that after they gerrymandered states like Texas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin to lock in their power in the state legislature, they systematically passed voter I.D laws.
“The North Carolina legislature passed a law which one federal judge said targeted African-Americans, ‘with surgical precision.’
“You have to understand, for a judge to use that kind of language is an indication of how strongly that judge felt. Federal judges are very careful with the language that they use. To say ‘with surgical precision’ is a testament to how bad the situation was – and is – in North Carolina. Republicans have systematically attacked American’s right to vote and voting power.”
Do you think another Black man would get a fair shot at securing the Presidential seat?