Former Attorney General Eric Holder took to Twitter Sunday to criticize those who stopped short of calling the heinous attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, "terrorism," but was instantly reminded of his own shortcomings on that topic.
"If ISIS rammed a car into a crowd this would be labeled quickly & logically," he tweeted on his official account.
If ISIS rammed a car into a crowd this would be labeled quickly & logically. Charlottesville - call it what it is, domestic terrorism.— Eric Holder (@Eric Holder)1502592558.0
"Charlottesville, he added, "call it what it is, domestic terrorism."
President Donald Trump was widely criticized for his statement denouncing the attack that took a protester's life. Many said that it wasn't clear enough in condemning the violence from what appears to be a member of a white nationalist group.
But as many on social media pointed out, Holder's criticism seemed disingenuous given that he was lambasted for designating the Fort Hood attack as "workplace violence," instead of calling it terrorism.
Maybe you should sit this one out, Mr. Workplace Violence https://t.co/rpmKr9MVeA— David Burge (@David Burge)1502640221.0
The 2009 attack by Maj. Nidal Hasan left 13 dead and more than 40 wounded. Hasan had given many warning signs that he was being radicalized by Islamist ideology, but they were ignored until he went on his murderous spree.
Seriously. It’s not like some guy shot up a military base and people tried to call it “workplace violence.” Oh, w… https://t.co/sjVhSYxYok— Jay Caruso (@Jay Caruso)1502657274.0
You were AG in an administration that called the terror attack at Ft. Hood a case of "work place violence". You sh… https://t.co/PgP4ri2rYY— Drew McCoy (@Drew McCoy)1502630490.0
Kind of like you calling the Ft.Hood shooting "work place violence"? Take a seat, you're dismissed #Charlottesville https://t.co/UxilH5BBFH— Deplorable Petr (@Deplorable Petr)1502656356.0
The Charlottesville attack has occasioned an onslaught of criticism against the Trump administration, with many on the left attempting to blame the violence on rhetoric from the president.
Trump allies, like former Gov. Mike Huckabee, have defended the president, saying he would have been assailed by the left no matter what he said.