Rove: Holder Shouldn't Fan Flames of Anger After Zimmerman Verdict

Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 12:55 AM

By Greg Richter

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As the nation's top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Eric Holder should be working to calm the public and "not pour gasoline on these smoldering fires," GOP strategist Karl Rove says.

Rove, appearing Wednesday night on Fox News Channel's "On the Record With Greta Van Susteren," addressed Holder's pledge to look into pursuing a civil rights case against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

After appeals by the NAACP and other civil rights leaders, Holder asked for people to call his office with any evidence they have that Zimmerman, a Hispanic, might have acted with racial bias when he began following Martin, who was black, as he walked through the neighborhood on a dark, rainy night.

A jury ruled on Saturday that Zimmerman had acted in self-defense after Martin began beating him.

"In a normal, ordinary case the local law enforcement would ask for comments, and it would ask for information from eyewitnesses, tip lines," Rove said. "We're used to that."

But such action normally takes place at the beginning of the process, Rove said, and not after a court case and a jury's decision.

"This looks political," Rove said. "It looks like they want to go get this guy after a jury found him not guilty."

Rove said Holder's actions are also "dumb." He might be trying to appease part of the Democratic base by letting the African-American community know the Justice Department and the White House are on their side, he suggested.

"On the other hand, this is a nation of laws," Rove said. "What happens at the end of all of this in the African-American community if they don't take action or if they take action and it doesn't pan out?"

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