DOJ Trolls Jindal With Civil Rights Book Gift After Segregation Remark

AP

The Justice Department is responding to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s thinly-veiled comparison of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to a segregationist by sending him a book about the civil rights movement.

“Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement” was written by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), a civil rights icon. The DOJ bookmarked a page in which Lewis writes about Vivian Malone Jones, the first black graduate of the University of Alabama, who was blocked at the door by segregationist Gov. George Wallace when seeking to enroll.

Jones is Holder’s sister-in-law.

“This should help the Governor brush up on his history for the next time he invokes the civil rights movement.” Justice spokesman Kevin Lewis told TPM.


The photo above was passed along to TPM by DOJ official Brian Fallon.

Jindal, a Republican, said Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, “We’ve got Eric Holder and the Department of Justice trying to stand in the schoolhouse door to prevent minority kids, low-income kids, kids who haven’t had access to a great education, the chance to go to better schools.”

Update: Jindal doubled down on his remarks in response to the DOJ.

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