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Eric Holder gives away Democrats' fear over Trump's re-election: He might use the Biden admin's playbook
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Eric Holder gives away Democrats' fear over Trump's re-election: He might use the Biden admin's playbook

Former Attorney General Eric Holder joined MSNBC's Joy Reid Thursday to regurgitate the theme now central to the Biden campaign: Democracy is under threat by a choice of candidate unfavorable to the Democratic Party. Besides conflating democracy and the Democrats' control of the executive branch, Holder suggested that former President Donald Trump would render America "unrecognizable" over the course of his second term.

Contrary to Holder's suggestion, the supposed dystopia he conceptualized is neither unfamiliar nor unprecedented, but rather an imagined Republican version of the current prosecutorial regime. Holder's remarks appear therefore to hint at Democratic fears that their playbook may soon be adopted and used against them.

Fresh off of castigating "white Christians" for backing Trump and comparing Trump voters to Hitler supporters, Reid prompted the former Obama AG to paint for her remaining audience a picture of wrath and ruin in the event of a Trump victory. First, she set the tone by playing footage of Mike Davis of the Article III Project publicizing what he would do if appointed Trump's attorney general.

"Before I get chased out of town with my Trump pardon, I will rain hell on Washington, D.C.," Davis, former chief counsel for nomination to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, quipped to conservative pundit Benny Johnson in an interview last year. "We're gonna fire a lot of people in the executive branch, in the deep state."

"We're gonna indict Joe Biden and Hunter Biden and James Biden and every other scumball, sleazeball Biden, except for the 5-year-old granddaughter who they refused to acknowledge for five years until the political pressure got to Joe Biden," continued Davis. "We're gonna deport a lot of people, 10 million people and growing — anchor babies, their parents, their grandparents."

Referencing Davis' remarks, Reid asked Holder, "How concerned are you that will be the kind of Department of Justice Donald Trump will run in real life if he becomes president again?"

"I think we have to take them at their word and take Donald Trump at his word," said Holder, who previously defended Reid over her choice words for members of the LGBT community. "Whether or not that idiot becomes attorney general or not, they will — Trump will try to put in place an attorney general who will do ... his bidding."

Holder indicated that having "learned from the first term," Trump might also get someone loyal leading the DOJ's Criminal Division who is similarly impactful.

"We will have an administration in place that will actually do the kinds of things that they tried to do in the first term, but were thwarted by career people and by people, to be fair, other political appointees who decided that they would not go against the rule of law," said Holder.

"A second Trump term would have a politicized, weaponized — forget politicized — weaponized United States Department of Justice that would do the kinds of things that, with all due respect, that idiot just said," continued the former "Fast and Furious" AG who was previously held in contempt of Congress.

"You have a president who is beyond the reach of law. You have a Justice Department that goes after political opponents on absolutely no basis. He's going to prosecute Joe Biden. Well, exactly for what? That's not going to bother them," said Holder. "You would have a United States of America that would be unrecognizable to us; that would be one that you would see more in Putin's Russia as opposed to the United States that we have come to all know and love."

While Holder reached across the globe in search of a parallel, there appears to be an analogue right in Washington.

After all, President Joe Biden has so far gone unscathed by raids or trials over his alleged mishandling of classified documents and involvement in Hunter Biden's questionable foreign business dealings.

Meanwhile, the Biden Department of Justice has brought over 40 federal felony charges against Trump — not including the scores of additional charges that Democratic prosecutors have drummed up at the state level, where the Biden administration's presence is still felt.

A recent court motion revealed there may have been possible coordination between elements of the Biden White House and the prosecution in Trump's Georgia election interference case. Similar concerns have been raised about a meeting between special counsel Jack Smith's team and the Biden administration before the Republican's indictment concerning his handling of classified documents.

The DOJ, which now has a pro-abortion task force, along with other arms of the Biden administration, has targeted the president's apparent ideological foes and critics, including pro-life activists, journalists, and conservative Christians, while Democrat-aligned groups have worked to strike Biden's top rival off ballots ahead of the 2024 election.

Holder, who served in a Democratic administration that weaponized the IRS against its political opponents, told Reid, "American democracy could end with the election of Donald Trump."

This has become something of a tagline for Biden allies and the 81-year-old Democrat's campaign.

Hours after his rival was removed from the primary ballot in Colorado, Biden tweeted, "Trump poses many threats to our country: The Right to choose, civil rights, voting rights, and America's standing in the world."

"But the greatest threat he poses is to our democracy," continued Biden. "If we lose that, we lose everything."

In Biden's first major campaign event of the year, he said, "America, as we begin this election year, we must be clear, democracy is on the ballot. Your freedom is on the ballot."

"This is the first national election since January 6 insurrection placed a dagger at the throat of American democracy — since that moment," continued Biden. "We all know who Donald Trump is. The question we have to answer is: Who are we?"

Davis, referenced by Reid, responded on X, "Obama Attorney General @EricHolder is the trailblazer in politicizing and weaponizing law enforcement. We'll ensure we use his playbook as we troll leftists about my 3-week reign of terror."

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