In a speech before Al Sharpton’s National Action Network on Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder hinted that racism accounts for the way he was treated in his appearance before a congressional committee the day before.Holder was speaking about civil rights and the “ongoing struggle,” when he departed from his prepared script (see below) to complain about “unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity.”

“Forget about me. Forget about me,” Holder said. “You look at the way the Attorney General of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee. Had nothing to do with me, forget about that! What attorney general’s ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”