Eric Holder to MSNBC: America was Never Great
Holder's comment came in response to a question from host Ari Melber about how it was possible to call America a "leader as a democracy" during the 1800s when women and African-Americans could not vote.
"When I hear these things about ‘Let's make America great again,' I think to myself: ‘Exactly when did you think America was great?'" Holder said, in reference to President Donald Trump's slogan, which he used frequently at rallies and on merchandising during the 2016 presidential election.
Holder then pointed to instances in the United State's past when he said America was not "great."
"It certainly wasn't when people were enslaved," he said. "It certainly wasn't when women didn't have the right to vote. It certainly wasn't when the LGBT community was denied the rights to which it was entitled."
Since winning the presidency, Trump has continued using the Make America Great Again slogan.