Fox contributor: Obama and Holder were "incredibly divisive" and "use[d] fear" to govern
Charles Hurt: "Eric Holder weaponized the Department of Justice to divide people. ... They did use fear -- that's kind of how they kept voters in check."
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From the October 12 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:
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CHARLES HURT (FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR): It really is sort of amazing, especially when you look back at the last couple of weeks with the sordid, really disgusting scenes that we saw in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation fight on Capitol Hill. I've never seen things get so ugly and the politics of personal destruction become so acute where the allegations that got thrown out didn't need to be substantiated or anything like that. It really -- we really have hit a new level.
I was glad to see that Michelle Obama came back out to preach the importance of being hopeful and using different rhetoric. But I have to say that it kind of reminded me of her husband's '08 campaign, which was all full of hope, but what was the first thing that he did when he became president? He put Eric Holder as attorney general, and, from there on out, it was a very, very different type of politics we got from the Obamas.
SANDRA SMITH (HOST): Since then Eric Holder has responded to all the outrage over his comments, Charlie. He tweeted out, "OK, stop the fake outrage. I'm obviously not advocating violence."
HURT: Yeah, obviously, because who would imagine that kicking someone is a violent act? It's insane. Like I said, I always go back to that 2008 campaign that was the most hopeful, positive campaign that I think I've ever seen, and then to look at the eight years, the way that the Obamas governed, and, in particular, the way that Eric Holder weaponized the Department of Justice to divide people. It was an incredibly divisive campaign. They did use fear, that's kind of how they kept voters in check. It was a really -- it was such a missed opportunity that initial -- that first Obama campaign.