Holder Wants People to ‘Stop the Fake Outrage’ over ‘Kick Em’ Remark: ‘Obviously Not Advocating Violence’

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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.

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“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,” he said. He added that Democrats would need to be tough as Republicans undermining American democracy.

On Twitter, Holder got a mixed response:

Some of the criticism came from President Donald Trump himself when he appeared on Fox News on Thursday.

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“He better be careful what he’s wishing for. That’s a disgusting statement for him to make,” Trump told “Fox & Friends.”

Holder’s comments came against the backdrop of a series of tense, political moments that seemed to create an atmosphere conducive to violence and harassment.

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.

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      • That’s what you WANT to think.

        Just because someone is anti-Trumpov does NOT automatically mean that s/he likes Obama. This may be tough for your puny brain to figure out, but it is true. Think before you post, next time.

    • I disagree. People need to learn how to communicate better. In this case, they need to learn how to use figurative speach and how its meaning can be misinterpreted or misused.

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