The Corner

Krauthammer’s Take: Eric Holder Handled Zimmerman Case Well

Speaking today on Special Report, Charles Krauthammer praised attorney general Eric Holder’s speech before the NAACP on the George Zimmerman trial. In his speech, Holder respected the jury’s decision to acquit Zimmerman and tried to shift the focus of the debate away from civil rights and towards the “stand your ground” self-defense laws.

“I’m not sure I’ve ever accused the attorney general of deftness,” said Krauthammer, “but he sure did this well I think.” Krauthammer argued that despite enormous pressure from politicians and groups like the NAACP, Holder made the correct decision to not pursue a likely futile civil rights case.

Krauthammer acknowledged that there is a legitimate debate to be had over self-defense laws and that choosing to set aside racial charges will be good for the country and good for the still-persecuted George Zimmerman. 

Later in the show, host Bret Baier observed that this is the third night in a row Krauthammer has praised the administration, leading Krauthammer to joke: “Once more and I go into rehab.” 

NRO Staff — Members of the National Review Online editorial and operational teams are included under the umbrella “NR Staff.”

Most Popular

Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
PC Culture

Kill Chic

We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the visual and spoken bottom. We have gone from Sam Peckinpah’s realistic portrayal of violent death to a gory ritual of metal ripping ... Read More
Elections

Romney Is a Misfit for America

Mitt’s back. The former governor of Massachusetts and occasional native son of Michigan has a new persona: Mr. Utah. He’s going to bring Utah conservatism to the whole Republican party and to the country at large. Wholesome, efficient, industrious, faithful. “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in ... Read More
Law & the Courts

What the Second Amendment Means Today

The horrifying school massacre in Parkland, Fla., has prompted another national debate about guns. Unfortunately, it seems that these conversations are never terribly constructive — they are too often dominated by screeching extremists on both sides of the aisle and armchair pundits who offer sweeping opinions ... Read More
U.S.

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More