Krauthammer: Holder Said Ferguson Riots Are Not To Be Condoned Instead Of Not To Be Tolerated


BRET BAIER, SPECIAL REPORT: Speaking of calling for calm, you also, you heard the president earlier in this show, you also heard earlier today just before this show, the Attorney General Eric Holder making his own comments about the protests.

ERIC HOLDER, ATTORNEY GENERAL: It is clear, I think that acts of violence threaten to drown out those who have legitimate voices, legitimate demonstrators and those acts of violence cannot and will not be condoned.

BAIER: Condoned. Charles?

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: That's an astonishing statement and it is really in stark contrast with the way that the president presented himself tonight. I agree entirely with Steve [Hayes]. As I was watching it earlier in the show, I was impressed by how the president was measured and calm, encouraging people who are upset, frustrated, at the same time unequivocally condemning the arson and the looting and saying these people need to be prosecuted.

You get the Attorney General condemning the arson and the looting by saying that it threatens to drown out legitimate voices. That's not the reason that this is wrong. It's because it is wrong. It's because it's an assault on other people, it's an assault on the law. I was watching this live, and when he said the acts of violence cannot and will not be, I'm waiting for the word tolerated. He is the Attorney General of the United States, and he uses the word condoned. Is there anybody who thinks that arson and looting ought to be condoned? I think that is an astonishing statement by an attorney general. And again, the contrast with the president is very stark.

BAIER: In the meantime, the federal investigation continues despite what the grand jury came up with last night.

KRAUTHAMMER: It will go nowhere. I think he's doing it as a way to placate the people who are angry. I think it will end up where the Trayvon Martin federal investigation went, which was to determine that that there wasn't a case.

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