Veteran Republican strategist Karl Rove says Attorney General Eric Holder should step down from his job if he really believes his "whining and self-pity."
Rove said Holder's comments this week that he has received different treatment from all other attorneys general were "unseemly."
"Well, I thought the attorney general's moment was one of very unattractive whining and self-pity," Rove said on Fox News' "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" on Thursday. "Of course, other presidents and other attorney generals have been ill-treated by members of Congress."
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Rove gave examples from his time in the White House, saying Democrats called Bush "a liar and a loser" and "pilloried" former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez.
On Wednesday, Holder strayed from prepared remarks at a speech for the Rev. Al Sharpton's civil rights organization to say he was not treated respectfully
by Republicans during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday.
Rove said in Holder's case, he does deserve to be criticized as he has used the office to make politically motivated decisions.
"There's a lot of reason why people on Capitol Hill and the American people generally don't have a lot of confidence in this attorney general," Rove said. "It was a moment of self-pity and whining. I'm sorry if he feels so put upon. Maybe he ought to let somebody else step up after six long years of service and let somebody else have the job."
Rove also said it was Holder's responsibility to engage in a civil way with lawmakers instead of taking potshots at those who challenged him.
"The president and his Cabinet have a greater responsibility to uphold the decorum of the government," Rove said. "This attorney general yesterday took a personal slap at a member on the House committee in order to embarrass them and make fun of him, and that was unseemly. He would be better serving himself and his cause if he rose above it."
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