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No, Al Sharpton IS NOT Helping To Pick The Next Attorney General of the United States

After Eric Holder announced he was stepping down from his position as the U.S. Attorney General, Al Sharpton released a statement to the press saying that he and his National Action Network were “engaged in immediate conversations” with the White House in order to weigh in on the next Attorney General. Naturally, many people were incensed that a cable TV hack like Sharpton might have a real say in picking the next Attorney General of the United States.

However, in the Business Insider piece that broke the story, there is an update many might not have read:

Sharpton sent a statement to Business Insider clarifying that he is not involved in the “decision making.” 

“We did not say we are in the decision making. We are in conversation to reach out to them to have meetings about what we want to see in a successor,” said Sharpton. “I have personally spoken to Attorney General Eric Holder today to express my views that he was the best civil rights Attorney General in history.”

In the second paragraph there might be the most convoluted and asinine way that I have ever seen “we have asked for a meeting” phrased. Sharpton, who is also allegedly one of Obama’s “top advisers” on matters of race, has made a career out of insert himself into others’ stories as if he was cos-playing “civil rights leader.”

Simply put, Al Sharpton sticks with the people who keep him in the spotlight, and does his best to match their tone. Here he is in the early days of his TV career, having the kind of police and nuanced discussion the Morton Downey Jr. Show was known for:


Now he matches his tone more closely to the President of the United States, some might say too closely.


And that’s Al Sharpton’s “value” (if you can call it that) to the President is that he is an effective mouthpiece. When he talks, love what he says or hate it, people tend to listen.

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. Along with news and current events, he writes about parenting, art, and personal stories. His serial fiction story "The Prophet Hustle" is available at JukePop.com and a forthcoming independent ebook about the cam-modeling industry "Dirty Little Windows" will be available later this summer.