On Thursday, former Attorney General Eric Holder denied calling for violence, despite a video surfacing with him telling Democratic activists to kick Republicans when they go “low” in political tactics.
— 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,” he said after criticizing Republicans’ use of power.
After a wave of media attention, Holder tried to say that he “obviously” wasn’t telling people to engage in violence.
Ok, stop the fake outrage. I’m obviously not advocating violence. (In fact, when I was AG violent crime in the US was historically low.) I’m saying Republicans are undermining our democracy and Democrats need to be tough, proud and stand up for the values we believe in – the end.
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) October 11, 2018
“Ok, stop the fake outrage. I’m obviously not advocating violence,” he said. He added that Democrats would need to be tough as Republicans undermining American democracy.
On Twitter, Holder got a mixed response:
You clarified your statement when you said it. There is no need for further clarification. Anyone who tries to cry foul is not being authentic.
— It's Mueller Time 🍻 (@timwalshlac) October 12, 2018
— Josh Perry (@MrJoshPerry) October 12, 2018
“Obviously”? After a year of remarks from @RepMaxineWaters, @CoryBooker, and now @HillaryClinton, nothing is “obvious” anymore when it comes to talk of violence. Stop the self-aggrandizement and hyperbolic rhetoric.
— Xexor 🎃🌛👽💀👻 (@XexorWeglin) October 12, 2018
— Nemo #TheGreyResistance (@BigFurryNemo) October 12, 2018
Some of the criticism came from President Donald Trump himself when he appeared on Fox News on Thursday.
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) October 11, 2018
“He better be careful what he’s wishing for. That’s a disgusting statement for him to make,” Trump told “Fox & Friends.”
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation battle, which happened just before Holder’s comments, provoked threats, harassment, and charged rhetoric from the left. Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton even went so far as to endorse incivility in light of the Kavanaugh controversy.
Similarly, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) notoriously urged people to abandon civility earlier this year, arguing people should harass Trump administration officials in public as they defended the president’s decision to continue separating migrant families at the southern border.