In an attempt to discredit Attorney General Eric Holder's discussion of his experiences with racism in politics, Rush Limbaugh falsely claimed that “not a single Republican senator” had opposed Holder's nomination. In fact, 21 Republicans in the Senate voted against his nomination.
Limbaugh attacked Holder for comments he made during a recent interview with ABC News. Holder told ABC that he and President Obama had been treated differently than their predecessors because of their race. Holder said, “There's a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that's directed at me [and] directed at the president. You know, people talking about taking their country back. ... There's a certain racial component to this for some people. I don't think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there's a racial animus.”
On the July 14 edition of his radio show, Limbaugh claimed that Holder was “playing the role of victim” and tried to support this assertion with his false claim that Republican senators had not opposed Holder's nomination.
If Limbaugh was referring to Holder's unanimous confirmation as deputy attorney general under President Clinton in 1997, that would be disingenuous, to say the least.