Melissa Harris-Perry: Eric Holder Is the ‘Obama We Had Been Hoping For’

After remarks he made at the National Action Network conference this week and various actions on voting rights and equality he’s taken over the past several months, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry is starting to wonder if Attorney General Eric Holder is “the Obama we had been hoping for.” Even though she admitted it’s not entirely fair to “separate” Holder from President Barack Obama, that’s the question the host posed to her panel Saturday morning.

“I think he may be the greatest addition to the entire Obama Administration,” Fordham University’s Christina Greer told Harris-Perry, saying the “foundational work” he’s doing will “pay off in dividends” in the long run and “actually help Obama’s legacy.”

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Harris-Perry also highlighted “just how ugly the treatment” of Holder has been by playing a clip of his tense exchange with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) during a recent congressional hearing. “That was kind of a lovely moment,” she said of Holder’s “You don’t want to go there, buddy” comment, adding that she was getting excited just watching the video.

Ending the segment, Harris-Perry said the way Holder has been treated by the right could be due to his race, but the other possibility is that it is about how “aggressive” and “effective” he has been at combatting discrimination.

Watch video below, via MSNBC:

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