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Eric Holder Claims 'Racial Animus' Behind Obama Opposition — and Takes Big Swipe at Sarah Palin


"There's a certain racial component to this for some people."

Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday he and President Obama have been targets of “a racial animus” by some of the administration’s political opponents, The Hill noted.

“There's a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that's directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC News' Pierre Thomas. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. I can't look into people's hearts, look into people's minds. But it seems to me that this president has been treated differently than others."

When asked further about the race issue, Holder said: "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."

Here's the clip of the exchange:

Holder also dismissed the "notion that there is widespread in-person voter fraud" saying such charges are "simply belied by the facts.” He added that related attempts by Republicans to enact voter ID laws are efforts to restrict groups not supportive of the GOP from voting.

“Who is disproportionately impacted by them?" Holder asked regarding voter ID laws. "Young people, African Americans, Hispanics, older people, people who, for whatever reason, aren't necessarily supportive of the Republican Party."

During the interview Holder also tore into former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who recently called for Obama's impeachment, the Huffington Post noted.

"She wasn't a particularly good vice presidential candidate," Holder said of Palin. "She's an even worse judge of who ought to be impeached and why."

Here's the clip:

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