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Roland Martin: Dick Durbin a 'Hypocrite' for Lynch Racial Crack

By    |   Friday, 20 Mar 2015 05:23 PM

The Senate's stall of Loretta Lynch's nomination as the first black female attorney general has nothing to do with race, as Sen. Dick Durbin hinted, says Roland Martin, host of NewsOne Now on TV One.

Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said the holdup in her confirmation was equivalent to Lynch being asked to "sit in the back of the bus" — an allusion to restrictions African-Americans once faced on public transportation.

Martin said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV that Durbin's racially charged crack was not only wrong, but also the height of hypocrisy.

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"There was no need to invoke race and that imagery, because we know why it's being held up — because it's politics. Sen. Durbin is being a hypocrite because he held up the nomination of an African-American woman to the D.C. Circuit Court," Martin said.

"If you want to make it about a black woman and it being a historic nomination, you shouldn't have done that. Focus on the issue at hand.

"You should've said we should have a vote for Loretta Lynch, we shouldn't be delaying it and that's where the focus should've been … That was nonsense, and he should be called out for it."

Martin was referring to Durbin's opposition to Janice Rogers Brown, an African-American woman whom President George W. Bush nominated in 2005 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C Circuit.

Durbin also voted against the nomination of Condoleezza Rice as the first African-American female secretary of state.

Dick Durbin and [former Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid should be apologizing because they could have pushed through Lynch's nomination before the new Senate [began]," Martin said.

"There was time to do it. They chose not to. Guess what? You're now mad? You had the power to do it, you should've done it."

Lynch has been tapped by President Barack Obama to take over for outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.

Republicans have refused to vote on the confirmation of Lynch unless Democrats accept an anti-abortion measure tacked onto a bill aimed at stemming human trafficking.

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