During an interview with MSNBC, former Attorney General Eric Holder claimed America has never been great.
"When I hear these things about let’s 'Make America Great Again,' I think to myself, exactly when did you think America was great?" Holder said.
He continued: “It certainly wasn’t when people were enslaved. It certainly wasn’t when women didn’t have the right to vote. It certainly wasn’t when the LGBT community was denied the rights to which it was entitled.”
The Democrat conceded that America has done some good things, but he said the slogan “Make America Great Again” is wrong.
"Looking back, 'Make America Great Again' is inconsistent with who we are as Americans at our best where we look at the uncertain future, embrace it, and make it our own,” he said.
He likely didn’t expect to get an actual answer from Vice President Mike Pence to his rhetorical question: “Exactly when did you think America was great?”
Pence responded in a tweet containing four photographs. One photo depicted George Washington riding into battle. Another showed the historic moon landing. A third photo depicted American soldiers hoisting the American flag after World War II. And finally, a fourth photo showed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
That pretty much ends the debate.
Holder tried to save face by responding to Pence and backtracking on his initial remarks.
“America IS great. And can-and must-be greater still. ‘Make America great again’ means YOU think America is not great now-and is backward looking,” Holder tweeted. “America is at its best when we look forward, embrace an uncertain future and make it ours. That is what defines American greatness.”
That is quite a different tone than he took during his interview with MSNBC. Maybe he was aware of the audience he was talking to at MSNBC.