Michael Calhoun (@michaelcalhoun)By Michael Calhoun

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri’s Lieutenant Governor says there is more racism in the U.S. Department of Justice than can be found in the entire St. Louis area.

Peter Kinder also blames the DOJ for some of the outbreaks of violence in Ferguson because he says officials “took one side” in their investigation of the death of Michael Brown.

Kinder said they perpetuated the “lie” of ‘hands up don’t shoot.’

“It’s bad enough the protesters were behaving that way, but we have a right to expect more from the attorney general, the head of the Justice Department of the United States, and the president of the United States,” Kinder said Monday on a NewsMax TV program. “And instead, what we got too often from them was incitement of the mob, and encouraging disorder in Ferguson.”

He added that he thinks the Justice Department is staffed by “hard-left radical leftist lawyers.”

“There is more racism in the Justice Department than there is in anywhere I see in the St. Louis area,” said Kinder, who is a Republican.

That’s not to say he believes all is well in Ferguson.

In the same interview, he admitted the feds’ report did uncover some legitimate issues. But he says the departures of the police chief, city manager and others are evidence that the city is trying to change.

“We’ve come an enormous way in 50 years,” Kinder said. “That’s not to say we still don’t have more to do, but it is the left, it is the Eric Holder and Obama left and their minions who are obsessed with race while the rest of us are moving on beyond it.”

In the same interview, Kinder attacked Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, for a lack of communication.

Kinder also asked the protesters to give small business owners in Ferguson a break.

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