Thursday, July 13, 2017
In SF, ex-attorney general Holder tells left to keep fighting
Former Attorney General Eric Holder doesn’t see a lot of political sunshine on the horizon for anyone who feels aghast at efforts by national Republican power-holders to roll back much of what he and his erstwhile White House boss did before President Trump’s inauguration. But he does have some basic advice.
“You can’t just curl up in a fetal position,” he said Wednesday night at a gathering of about 800 decidedly liberal lawyers at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.
Yes, he said in response to on-stage questions from Stanford law Professor Pamela Karlan, he hears “disturbing echoes” of Watergate in current White House affairs. And yes, he told Karlan, he worries that the arc of the moral universe that Martin Luther King Jr. said always bends toward justice may “bend away.”
But that doesn’t mean you give up, said Holder, who as U.S. attorney general under President Barack Obama was the first African American to hold the post.