Rick Perry: Obama admin needs to apologize for the “insulting” lawsuit and incendiary comments

posted at 7:21 pm on July 17, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke to the NAACP convention in Houston, criticizing Texas and other states currently being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for enacting voter ID laws in an attempt to combat voter fraud. Comparing voter ID laws to Jim Crow-era “poll taxes,” Holder more or less accused Texas, et al of overt racism as the primary motivation for their laws:

“Many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them,” Holder said in a speech to the NAACP on Tuesday, referring specifically to a law being implemented in Texas. “We call those poll taxes.” …

“Especially in recent months, Texas has – in many ways – been at the center of our national debate about voting rights issues,” Holder said. “Let me be clear:  we will not allow political pretexts to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious right.”

Man, the Obama administration really knows how to set an example for measured discourse and even-handed rhetoric, don’t they?

Straight-shootin’ Texas Gov. Rick Perry was not pleased with the attorney general’s less-than-generous comments about Texans working to prevent the very real problem of voter fraud. Prior to President Obama’s visit to the Lone Star state for a fundraiser earlier today, Perry fired off a missive demanding an apology from President Obama and his rhetorically reckless administration:

“Perhaps while the President is visiting Texas, he can take a break from big-dollar fundraisers to disavow his Attorney General’s offensive and incendiary comments regarding our common-sense voter investigation law,” Perry wrote in the statement.

Perry continued: “In labeling the Texas voter ID law as a ‘poll tax,’ Eric Holder purposefully used language designed to inflame passions and incite racial tension. It was not only inappropriate, but simply incorrect on its face.”

“The president should apologize for Holder’s imprudent remarks and for his insulting lawsuit against the people of Texas,” Perry concluded.

Hmm — something tells me Gov. Perry won’t be getting the apology for which he’s hoping. President Obama did find the time, however, to tell the Texans assembled at his fundraiser that he has plans for making the traditionally very red Texas into a battleground state in the future…? What the what?


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Every GOP governor should do exactly what Perry had the courage to do when Obama comes to their state. Throw some cold water on his campaign stump.

HellCat on July 17, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Texas is a beautiful state but aside from 6th street in Austin it’s basically a giant Klan Klavern full of violent, sub-normal, racist neanderthals.

They also produce too many carbons.

CorporatePiggy on July 17, 2012 at 9:43 PM

CorporatePiggy on July 17, 2012 at 9:43 PM

He speaks truth. Stay away, far away.

cozmo on July 17, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Texas is a beautiful state but aside from 6th street in Austin it’s basically a giant Klan Klavern full of violent, sub-normal, racist neanderthals.

They also produce too many carbons.

CorporatePiggy on July 17, 2012 at 9:43 PM

You’re trying too hard.

sharrukin on July 17, 2012 at 9:48 PM

I never in my wildest dreams ever thought I could hate an American president and his corrupt party with the white hot flame I do with this openly crooked band of clowns..

We have a president so corrupt he openly lies in every speech, and a media so in bed with him, they don’t care how big the lie, how much destruction he wrecks on this country.. because they are that delusional, and that much in denial..

We have got to win, this country, will not be America, if not. Better we split in two, then continue on with that clown freak in office.

mark81150 on July 17, 2012 at 9:48 PM

If he had one he’d look like Sheriff Bart.

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2012 at 9:11 PM

you mean like this? All Hat No…

john1schn on July 17, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Texas is a beautiful state but aside from 6th street in Austin it’s basically a giant Klan Klavern full of violent, sub-normal, racist neanderthals.

They also produce too many carbons.

CorporatePiggy on July 17, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Yes, Californians, stay away. Far, far away. Remember, we have guns.

john1schn on July 17, 2012 at 9:57 PM

And Utah. And Wyoming. Wyoming is totally in play. C’mon, Barry, never mind New York and California — you’ve got to pull out all the stops to get Wyoming’s 3 electoral votes, or else you can’t possibly win! Now get out there and fit every bison, steer, horse, deer, antelope, and moose in the state with a hand-knit, organically sourced “Obama 2012″ horse blanket!

Mary in LA on July 17, 2012 at 7:43 PM

We really need a like button :)

Dr Evil on July 17, 2012 at 9:59 PM

RovesChins on July 17, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Your dead horse is dead.

The Feds have been poachin’ our border agents since W was in office…Look it up

workingclass artist on July 17, 2012 at 8:28 PM

And? So?
There’s still a big illegal alien problem in Texas. Rick, between stumbling through answers, declared his state open for business. Why put agents in a state where they are invited?
Hence, chicken and egg argument for a voter ID law. Why in the heck do you think they would need one of those laws? It’s like talking out both sides of your mouth.

RovesChins on July 17, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Hey genius

Post your detailed plans on building a wall in in a giant canyon and a 1200 mile river that brings water to NM and CO…make sure you include your budget

workingclass artist on July 17, 2012 at 9:19 PM

NM and CO are full of idiots. Texas should know better. They fought this battle too many years ago at the Alamo to let a statist president to give it away.

RovesChins on July 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM

SparkPlug on July 17, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Chuck Defore(former Cali senate primary candidate) lives in the Hill Country now. Really.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Texas is a beautiful state but aside from 6th street in Austin it’s basically a giant Klan Klavern full of violent, sub-normal, racist neanderthals.

They also produce too many carbons.

CorporatePiggy on July 17, 2012 at 9:43 PM

The Klan is so yesterday, -the democratics have replaced the KKK with Planned Parenthood, and they are killing a thousand times more blacks than the KKK ever dreamed of.

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

There was really only thing thing left to state at the end of Perry’s statement.

Dr Evil on July 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

The Klan is so yesterday, -the democratics have replaced the KKK with Planned Parenthood, and they are killing a thousand times more blacks than the KKK ever dreamed of.

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

That’s how they get around public outcry. They shaped Abortion into an entitlement – a necessity. It’s all about women’s health, because abortions are so good for a woman’s uterus/ Barack Obama wouldn’t want one his daughters punished with a child. What do women really need 3,000.00 worth of contraception coverage for? Sterilization? And “Catholic” John Robert’s tied a bow on it.

Dr Evil on July 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Dr Evil on July 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

You might be biting off a little more than you can chew with that one.

A 747 is a pretty tough hombre. And AF-1 ain’t just any ole’ 747.

cozmo on July 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM

You might be biting off a little more than you can chew with that one.

A 747 is a pretty tough hombre. And AF-1 ain’t just any ole’ 747.

cozmo on July 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Especially with someone so experienced with “Drone” attacks LOL!

Dr Evil on July 17, 2012 at 10:37 PM

If Romney wins, I hope he has his justice Dept. investigates Holder & Obama for possible crimes – such as probably the case with Fast & Furious. These two are just citizens and not above the law. MF Global also needs an FBI investigation.

Chessplayer on July 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM

If Romney wins, I hope he has his justice Dept. investigates Holder & Obama for possible crimes – such as probably the case with Fast & Furious. These two are just citizens and not above the law. MF Global also needs an FBI investigation.

Chessplayer on July 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Yep, there’s a long list of investigations to be done, don’t forget the fraudulent report on drilling in the Gulf used to shut it all down. Someone should go to jail for that as well.

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Every time Obama takes the stage in Texas people start bidding on him.

drowningpuppies on July 17, 2012 at 11:56 PM

drowningpuppies on July 17, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Coffee thru nose !
Way funny.

pambi on July 18, 2012 at 8:18 AM

drowningpuppies on July 17, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Wrong iPad button meant I didn’t finish my comment….

For shame !!!

pambi on July 18, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Local buzz clamong that Cruz won the debate last night.
Agreed, here.

pambi on July 18, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Communists never say “I’m sorry” , even when they are about
to shoot you in the head.

esblowfeld on July 18, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Mark Davis (660am) says last night’s Dewhurst-Cruz debate can be summed up in three words:
Senator Ted Cruz.

:-)

pambi on July 18, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Please, PLEASE do this, Obama. I’m soooo sick of his ads here in Nevada, and I’d love it if he’d waste millions on TX instead. (I’m sure Austin is totally winnable for him!) It’s gotten so thick here, I’ve abandoned Pandora completely and don’t watch anything that’s not on the DVR anymore.

Harbingeing on July 17, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I saw my first Obama TV ad in Oklahoma City last night, had to laugh. I’m assuming someone made a mistake. For some reason, he just doesn’t campaign here.

mbs on July 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM

As a Texan, I was offended to have the president show his face in my state, especially right after Holder defamed us. All I could think of yesterday was GTFO of my city and my state. You hate us, and we hate you even more. GTFO. I’m glad Perry stepped up to the plate to express our disgust with the president and Holder.

juliesa on July 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM

corporatepig:

Texas is a huge melting pot of diversity and culture. These racist pockets that you refer to, mostly imbred and illiterate, can be found largely in rural, non-incorporated rogue areas of the woods miles away from civilization. Points of reference, wouldn’t appreciate what is good without knowing what is bad. Hopefully one day, these delusional factions and their offsprings will get outside the box, get an education and appreciate the world and its people.

Texas is pro-business, population boom due to lower taxes and less regulations. Folks from California and the northeastern US transplant here. Economy is good here. Texas is not all hat and cattle, hasn’t been for decades now. Sorry your visions of Texas are so warped.

sunshinek67 on July 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

sunshinek67 on July 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Corporatepiggy was joking. He was trying to scare away liberals from moving here.

juliesa on July 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM

oh dear….lol

sunshinek67 on July 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Umm… Holder is Black, and a racist who hates anyone who doesn’t love him. He particularly hates white people. But let him speak to the ncaap to get the remaining 3% of the black votes.

dahni on July 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Finally, someone calling out Holder on his racial dog-whistling.

NPR was pushing this BS this morning, claiming that 10 million voters live more than ten miles from a place where they can get ID, and they might have to spend as much as five dollars to get a copy of their birth certificate needed to get the ID. Horrors!!1!1!111!!

As for Obama’s comment, he’s right, Texas will be a battlegorund state if he is reelected and gets an amnesty bill done. Two million guaranteed new Democratic votes.

Texas ought to start rounding up all the illegals and giving them bus tickets to California.

rockmom on July 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM

pambi on July 18, 2012 at 9:41 AM

I was watching too. They BOTH stunk. I’m voting for Cruz-but the shine is off.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM

pambi on July 18, 2012 at 8:34 AM

No one did.
They both lost.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Every time Obama takes the stage in Texas people start bidding on him.

drowningpuppies on July 17, 2012 at 11:56 PM

SNORT!

sablegsd on July 18, 2012 at 1:39 PM

**if this was already posted my apologies!**

Yo DOJ Holder – TRY using a FACT every now & then will Ya?

to wit:

Texas had another expert, Prof. Daron Shaw, conduct a representative survey of a sample of the voters that DOJ claimed had no ID. He found that 73 percent reported they actually had a Texas driver’s license. The survey also showed that 39 percent had passports and 18 percent had military IDs. Once the voters over age 65 who don’t need an ID to vote were eliminated, the survey revealed that 1.9 percent of whites, 0.96 percent of Hispanics, and 1.23 percent of blacks will have to obtain a free photo ID. Shaw concludes that “there is no statistically significant difference in ID possession rates amongst whites, blacks, and Hispanics” contrary to the false claims made publicly by DOJ (his report also showed that Catalist’s race-matching data is largely flawed – only 68 percent of voters that the Ickes firm claimed are African-American self-identified as black).

FACTS JACK

Katfish on July 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Yep, there’s a long list of investigations to be done, don’t forget the fraudulent report on drilling in the Gulf used to shut it all down. Someone should go to jail for that as well.

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Not going to happen if Romney gets in. House Republicans could do this right now. Romney is backed by the Republican Establishment who doesn’t want anyone to clean house. Romney’s not a socialist, but don’t expect any conservative policies either. He will govern the same as he did in Massachusetts.

lea on July 18, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I second the “like button” idea.

rightMom1 on July 18, 2012 at 2:59 PM

“Eric Holder: Texas voter ID laws are like poll taxes”

…lying reprobate holder’s SLIGHT OMISSION: ANY US Citizen in Texas can get a government ID valid for voting purposes absolutely, totally, completely, 100% FREE. That’s right, it will cost them NOTHING, ZERO, ZIP, al “race-baiter” sharpton’s IQ, ZILCH, dingbat pelosi’s “likeability” rating, The NULL Set, NADA, FURGETABOUTIT…

TeaPartyNation on July 18, 2012 at 3:15 PM

These racist pockets that you refer to, mostly imbred and illiterate, can be found largely in rural, non-incorporated rogue areas of the woods miles away from civilization.

sunshinek67 on July 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Just where are these inbred(not imbred), illiterate rogues?
I don’t think you were pulling a corporatepiggy with that comment.

jazzuscounty on July 18, 2012 at 4:48 PM

jaz

Look it up, I promise, it’s there…the definition AND the sociological structure of Texas, with particular attention directed towards the lower southeast quadrant, the “triangle”.

sunshinek67 on July 18, 2012 at 7:45 PM

az

Look it up, I promise, it’s there…the definition AND the sociological structure of Texas, with particular attention directed towards the lower southeast quadrant, the “triangle”.

sunshinek67 on July 18, 2012 at 7:45 PM

sooo…. you show how intelligent and enlightened you are by claiming an entire group of people, based purely on regional location, fit within a certain stereotype – namely, prejudiced bigots.
Furthermore, you throw in a few incendiary adjectives to show just how bad they are and just how above them you are.

and you don’t see the hypocrisy of your mindset. You are prejudging people by calling them prejudiced?

Let me tell you, sir. I grew up in that “triangle” and have had to put up with ignorant little turds like you my entire life. Smarmy little men who look down their noses at those yucky unwashed “rural” types who obviously are terrible people because someone once told you it was truth, or you read it in Texas Monthly.
I’ve spent 30+ years being called a racist by pitiful ignorant little insignificant people like you who are too busy trying to earn their “good white guy” creds by shoving someone else in the mud. Enough.

you sir can go f_ck yourself, hard, with something really sharp.

remember, when you point the finger at someone, there’s three more fingers pointing back at you. you are just another ignorant race-baiter. you just haven’t admitted it yet.

WhaleBellied on July 19, 2012 at 12:12 AM

WhaleBellied on July 19, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Dude……..seriously. I think you missed the context of my previous exchange, just as I did CP’s (not a regular poster am I) Self declared pseudo-sociologist, lifelong native Texan with a split personality of suburbia-ranch life, 45yr old mama to three beautiful ones, 2nd generation Aggie (that alone might be the problem). My point was, to rebut (erroneously) CPs depiction of Texas. We are not all “imbred” inbred country bumpkins defined by urban dictionary, lumped together as an inane “sub-normal” species.

Yes, there are racist pockets in Texas; KKK actively seeks membership in mostly rural unincorporated areas in the State. And if you do in fact live in the area I mentioned, surely you know this. Don’t be offended, make change happen~

sunshinek67 on July 19, 2012 at 7:21 AM

sunshinek67 on July 19, 2012 at 7:21 AM

no, I’m pretty sure I understood your ignorant screed. You essentially rebut the statement by saying “oh no, no racists here – just in those little rural areas.” – which is sheer bollocks.

First, racism is not limited to small, rural areas. Nor the south. Nor to whites.

Secondly, please show me where the KKK is actively recruiting in this area. I’d love to see that. In the 60′s, 70′s maybe – nowadays – no. I do know this. they aren’t welcome here and they do not actively recruit here.

The change I’m trying to make happen is to educate the ignorant, like yourself, who comfort themselves by pretending that the only racism that exists is in some tiny little area – preferably one not where they live. Otherwise, this community made that change you encourage more than 20 years ago, but we still suffer the fools, like yourself, that like to drive by, point and scream “Racist.”

I agree with you that, as a people, Texans do not fit the stereotype you mentioned – but I’m applying that brush to ALL Texans. There are pockets of racism everywhere, including big cities, there are bigger pockets of decent humans everywhere – including rural communities in “the triangle.”

WhaleBellied on July 19, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Whale, I grew up in rural Central Texas, I went to Texas A&M…..& I also pay attention to the news.. Maybe you should get your head out of the proverbial sand, & recognize snark. Ignorance is bliss, btw….welcome. Bless your heart sir~

sunshinek67 on July 19, 2012 at 8:59 AM

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