Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Thursday criticized Attorney General Eric Holder for trying to “stand in the schoolhouse door” and keep minority students from attending charter schools, an allusion to segregationist and former Alabama Gov. George Wallace.
“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,” Jindal said at the Conservative Political Action Conference, as recorded by the Huffington Post.
The Washington Post noted that this was a reference to Wallace’s “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” protest, when he blocked two black students from entering the University of Alabama by standing in the door of the school.
Jindal also called Obama the “worst president in my lifetime.”
He then apologized to Jimmy Carter for calling Obama “the most liberal, most incompetent president in the White House since Jimmy Carter” during the 2012 campaign.
“Let it be heard, and I hope he’s watching, to President Carter. I want to issue a sincere apology. It is no longer fair to say he was the worst president of this great country in my lifetime. President Obama has proven me wrong,” Jindal said at CPAC Thursday, as recorded by Mediaite.