US President Barack Obama (R) listens while US Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., speaks during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House Sept. 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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MSNBC community reacts to Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation


Thursday afternoon U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation as the head of the Department of Justice after nearly six years. Hundreds of community members reacted to his resignation. Here are the highlights: 

The Reid Report, 9/26/14, 10:32 AM ET

Holder: 'Satisfied with the progress of our department'

MSNBC host Joy Reid speaks with Attorney General Eric Holder, only one day after he announced his resignation, about his legacy and what his next steps will be.

“He is a champion of the people. He will be missed as a voice for so many.” -Neeliehari

“Mr. Holder was great on civil rights but that’s about it. He didn’t go after the big banks. Let them go easy. And in addition to that he was a threat to our civil liberties at a critical point in our history.” -Stephen Jansen

“Attorney General Eric Holder is the first attorney general to address and to enact the civil rights of persons with disabilities … all these years the Olmstead Act which states that persons with disabilities have the civil rights of any other person to choose where they live with services. Up until he was the Attorney General no one ever addressed the law.” -pat from tex

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“Being Attorney General is not a glamorous job. Usually they go unnoticed. Eric Holder did many good things, and while he wasn’t perfect, he did manage to accomplish some acts of justice. Obviously in ensuring the rights of all Americans including the LGBT community and people of color. He deserves a well-earned rest for his work and I hope he is able to continue in his fight in a new capacity.” -El Brando the Dreamer

“You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. It’s a sad day for justice in America.” -Gareth Croson

“I will also remember Holder for presiding over six straight years of declining violent crime rates. Whatever you decide to do next, you have the support of a grateful nation.” -Davey Williams

“Mr. Holder leaves a strong and powerful legacy at the Department of Justice and has risen the bar of standards for future attorney generals to consider and meet in particular … Alpine

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MSNBC community reacts to Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation