Attorney General Eric Holder canceled a graduation speech for Oklahoma City police cadets Thursday due to a crowd of protestors who converged on the ceremony, arguing his own failure to uphold the law disqualified him from speaking.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that the protestors maintained that the attorney general "has failed to uphold the law himself," citing his involvement in the infamous "Fast and Furious" gunrunning scandal, disregard of immigration laws, and being held in contempt of Congress in 2012.
"A lot of people just felt that it was very inappropriate for this man, with his track record, to speak to law enforcement officers that demand and expect to be backed up by the government working on behalf of the citizens, not against the citizens," State Rep. Mike Turner (R.), who is running for U.S. congress, told the Washington Free Beacon.
Turner said Holder has flouted the law when it comes to illegal immigration, the "Fast and Furious" gunrunning scandal, and the Second Amendment.
When news of the cancelation broke yesterday, Holder’s office denied that the protests were a factor, a spokesman telling The Washington Times it was simply due to a scheduling issue and expressing the attorney general's regrets:
The attorney general had been looking to addressing the cadets, and regrets he cannot attend in person. He extends his heartfelt congratulations to the cadets and their families.
Republican state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, who has called for Holder's impeachment, described the cancelation as a “victory”:
“Our protest has turned into a victory celebration because we frankly didn’t want him here — and we succeeded,” Mr. Wesselhoft said in an interview. “This man has used his position to advance his own political agenda and that’s not right. He swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution and defend it for all of us — not some of us.”