Former Attorney General Eric Holder announced he will not be throwing his hat in the ring for the 2020 presidential race Monday.
“Though I will not run for president in 2020, I will continue to fight for the future of our country through the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and its affiliates,” Holder wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.
Holder, who was appointed attorney general by then-president Barack Obama in 2009, had been floating a potential run as early as February 2018.
He wrote on Twitter Feb. 26 that he supports a plan to create “real democracy” by doing away with the Electoral College’s process.
“Change the Electoral College by having a state’s electoral votes go to the national popular vote winner — not the person who won the state. The candidate who gets the most votes — nationally — is elected. Real democracy,” he tweeted.
Holder is a vocal critic of President Donald Trump.
“[We need] somebody who has the vision for the job, somebody who has got the necessary experience, somebody who has the capacity, physical as well as mental,” Holder said in New Hampshire in June according to CNN. “Somebody who also has the ability to inspire people, to make people believe government can be the force for good … [They] have to be able to move people, to bring up together in ways this President has clearly not done.”
Holder had a lot of firsts during his six-year tenure as attorney general. He was the nation’s first black attorney general, acting or confirmed. But he was also the first member of a president’s cabinet to be held in contempt of Congress in history, according to Politico.
Two hundred fifty-five members of Congress, including 17 Democrats, voted for a criminal contempt resolution for Holder after evidence emerged that he knew more than previously thought about the ill-fated Operation Fast and Furious that imploded in 2010.
After leaving his post as attorney general, Holder became chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), which says its aim is to fight alleged Republican gerrymandering, reported Politico. The NDRC has ties to Marc Elias, a former Clinton campaign lawyer who was active in many lawsuits related to vote counting in the 2018 midterm election.
Holder caught flak for switching up former first lady Michelle Obama’s axiom “When they go low, we go high” in October.
“When they go low, we kick them,” he said at a campaign event for failed Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
Another tidbit that might have haunted Holder on the campaign trail: a photo of him with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan at soul singer Aretha Franklin’s funeral in Aug. 31.
Democrats who have tossed their hats into the ring for 2020 include New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, California Sen. Kamala Harris and former Delaware Rep. John Delaney.
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