Former vice president Dick Cheney said he believes President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are “playing the race card” when they suggest that race plays a role in the criticism they receive.
“I think they’re playing the race card, in my view,” Cheney said in an interview with Playboy. “Certainly we haven’t given up — nor should we give up — the right to criticize an administration and public officials.”
Holder stated in a recent Politico interview that he feels his struggles with the Republican-controlled Congress were driven in part by race.
“There have been times when I thought that’s at least a piece of it,” he said. “I think that the primary motivator has probably been political in nature … [but] you can’t let it deflect you from … your eyes on the prize.”
President Obama shared Holder’s opinion in 2009.
“Are there people out there who don’t like me because of race? I’m sure there are,” he said. "That’s not the overriding issue here.”
“To say that we criticize, or that I criticize, Barack Obama or Eric Holder because of race, I just think it’s obviously not true,” Cheney said. “My view of it is the criticism is merited because of performance — or lack of performance, because of incompetence. It hasn’t got anything to do with race.”
Later in the interview, Cheney called Obama "the worst president in his lifetime" and said America would "pay a hell of a price just trying to dig out from under his presidency."
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