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Obama, Holder Bizarrely Claim Race Relations Better Under Them

I co-authored a piece in Sunday’s New York Post pointing out the utter absurdity of comments this month from President Obama and Attorney General Holder. 

Attorney General Eric Holder insisted to MSNBC earlier this month that “we are in a better place than we were before” in race relations since Barack Obama was elected president.

The president doubled down in an interview with NPR last week. Asked if race relations were worse since he took office, he said, “No, I actually think that it’s probably in its day-to-day interactions less racially divided.”

But that’s not what the American people see. A Pew Research Center poll found that only 40 percent of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling race relations. Black approval is down to 57 percent, while approval among whites is down to 33 percent.

The piece that Hans von Spakovsky and I lay out makes it clear the White House has poisoned race relations with almost everything they’ve touched: from spurious Justice Department actions against police departments that have sapped their effectiveness to anointing Al Sharpton as their go-to guy on civil rights. 

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