Former Attorney General Eric Holder made it very clear how he feels about Republicans during a speech to Democrat activists.
The former attorney general explained to the activists that there is a “new Democratic Party.”
Holder began his comments by bashing Republicans for committing to “all the wrong things.”
“[Republicans] have used the power that they have gotten for all the wrong things. They want to keep themselves in power. They want to cater to the special interests. 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 then explained that his former boss, former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama advocate taking the high road during political spats. Holder wants all of that to change.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 10, 2018
“Michelle [Obama] always says ‘when they go low, we go high.’ No. When they go low, we kick them. That’s what this new Democratic party’s about. We’re proud as hell to be democrats. We’re going to fight for the ideals of the Democratic Party.”
After he explained his preferred methods for the Democratic party, Holder explained that he is proud of the history of the Democrat Party.
“We’re proud of our history, we’re proud of our present, and we’re proud of the history we can create for this country,” said Holder, adding, “We’re not just in this to just to make a statement. We’re in this to win.”
Many found Holders comments to be a step too far and feared the escalated rhetoric could lead to violence, such as the attacks at the GOP Congressional baseball practice.
Democrats in the same week:
Former AG Eric Holder: "When they go low, we kick them."
Hillary Clinton: "You cannot civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for."
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) October 10, 2018
This is the mainstream Left, America. The attempted assassination of Republicans on a baseball field doesn’t faze them. In fact, they’ve hardly condemned it and even embrace it. https://t.co/p0ullBzGub
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) October 10, 2018
WATCH Eric Holder advocate for violence against Republicans: "When they go low, we kick them." followed by chants of "Fight Fight Fight!"
This is the modern democratic party… an angry mob. pic.twitter.com/6yl42hf9mM
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) October 10, 2018
Saying you'll fact-check the media is spun as "violent rhetoric,” but it’s perfectly OK to call for bullying people in the streets (Maxine), increased incivility unless you have power (Hillary), or saying you’ll kick your opponents as Holder does here: https://t.co/hD6KrLDN49
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) October 10, 2018
Although Holder probably just meant his comment as a figure of speech, some Democrats, like Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), have openly advocated for supporters of President Donald Trump to be harassed in the streets.