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.
“Charlottesville, he added, “call it what it is, domestic terrorism.”
President Trump himself 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 white nationalist groups.
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.
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.
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 Governor Mike Huckabee have defended the president, saying he would have been assailed by the left no matter what he said.