Former Attorney General Eric Holder told African-American delegates to the Democratic National Convention that a vote cast for someone "other than Hillary Clinton is a vote for Donald Trump" in a meeting Wednesday.
Holder spoke to the convention in Philadelphia Tuesday night, and the next morning pointed out to the black caucus what would happen with Trump in the White House, according to The Washington Post. He reminded the delegates of the 2000 election, where many voters cast protest ballots by supporting Ralph Nader.
"Remember that? You think about the eight years we had under George Bush and how it might have been different if Al Gore had been president," Holder said. He urged the audience to think of who Bush appointed during his time in office.
"So don’t be deceived there are huge things at stake here and a protest vote for anybody other than Hillary Clinton is a vote for Donald Trump."
According to Holder, Trump would undue all of President Barack Obama’s sentencing reforms, which freed hundreds of inmates serving long mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent crimes.
"Donald Trump’s guy could change that and we’d go back to the way things were for too long — 5 percent of the world’s population, 25 percent of the prison population. It’s bankrupting us as a nation, it’s destabilizing communities and it’s fundamentally unfair to our people in jail for excessive periods of time for certain nonviolent offenses," Holder said.
Holder, the nation’s first African-American attorney general, defended the phrase "black lives matter," which has drawn criticism in the wake of multiple killings of police officers.
"Defend that term that only means for too long black lives didn’t matter. Now we’re saying that black lives do matter," Holder said.
During his convention speech, according to a transcript posted by Real Clear Politics, Holder defied Trump over one of the Republican nominee’s main slogans.
"I've known Hillary Clinton for almost 25 years – as a friend, a colleague, and a leader of courage and conviction. And today, I am proud to say 'I'm with Her!' – because I've seen that she has the skills to serve as commander in chief – and the strength to lead our already-great nation in this hour of challenge and consequence."
"Did you hear what I just said?"
"Already great nation, Donald did you hear me?"
"Already. Great. Nation."
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