Barack Obama’s former attorney general Eric Holder told a crowd over the weekend that Democrats should “kick” Republicans.
“It is time for us as Democrats to be as tough as they are, to be as dedicated as they are, to be as committed as they are,” he told a crowd in Georgia. “Michelle [Obama] always says, ‘When they go low, we go high.’ No. When they go low, we kick them.”
In response, the crowd erupted in laughter and cheered: “Fight! Fight! Fight!”
“That’s what this new Democratic Party is about,” Holder said next, while campaigning for Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. “We’re not in this just to make a statement, we’re in this to win.”
Holder seems to be taking a play out of former President Obama’s handbook. In 2008, then-candidate Obama told his supporters: “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun. Because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”
Democrats have been ramping up calls for intimidation, harassment, and violence over the past couple of months, particularly after Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination and confirmation to the Supreme Court. In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton called for liberals to stop being civil until Democrats take control of the House and Senate.
Hillary Clinton 2016: When they go low, we go high.
Hillary Clinton 2018: Abandon civility until we're in control.https://t.co/OVaWY8Kt8C
— Kelsey Bolar (Harkness) (@kelseybolar) October 10, 2018
A Democrat was arrested last month for allegedly attempting to stab a Republican congressman at a fall festival in California. His opponent, Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, took to Twitter a few weeks later to mock rape threats aimed at staffers working for Republican Sen. Susan Collins.
In an open letter published by CNN, Kelly Paul, wife of Republican Sen. Rand Paul, wrote about the threats of violence her family has faced over the past year and pleaded with Democratic Sen. Cory Booker to condemn this behavior from liberals. Booker had issued a “call to action” for Democrats to “get up in the face of some congresspeople.”
While Kavanaugh was sworn in to the highest court of the land on Saturday, protestors banged on the Supreme Court’s doors and tried to force them open. This reporter overheard one protestor say she would shoot Kavanaugh and President Trump in the head. Last year, Republican Rep. Steve Scalise was shot and nearly killed by a leftist while Scalise was practicing baseball with Republican colleagues.