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U.S. Attorney Eric Holder Jr. speaks at the 50th Anniversary of the march on Washington and Martin Luther King's Speech on August 24, 2013 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.American Spirit /

GEORGIA, October 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Eric Holder, former U.S. Attorney General under ex-President Barack Obama, is the latest prominent Democrat accused of giving tacit approval to increasingly violent left-wing demonstrators.

During a campaign event Sunday in Georgia for Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, CNN reports that Holder invoked former First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2016 claim that “when they [Republicans] go low, we [Democrats] go high” instead of “stoop[ing] to their level” when someone “is cruel or acts like a bully.” Conservatives have long disputed her characterization of the two parties, but Holder is the most prominent Democrat to openly reject it.

“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 said. “Michelle always says, Michelle Obama, I love her. She and my wife are really tight. Which always scares me and Barack. Michelle always says, 'When they go low, we go high.' No. No. When they go low, we kick them.”

The audience responded with laughter and applause.

“That's what this new Democratic Party is about. We are proud as hell to be Democrats,” he continued. “When I say we kick them, I don't mean we do anything inappropriate, we don't do anything illegal, but we have to be tough and we have to fight.”

Holder’s advice follows Hawaii Democrat Sen. Mazie Hirono’s refusal to say left-wing protesters shouldn’t follow Republicans to their homes or restaurants, and failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s declaration that Democrats shouldn’t be “civil” with Republicans until her party retakes Congress,” both of which happened within the past week.

Before that, California Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters threatened in June that Trump administration officials “won’t be able to go to a restaurant, they won’t be able to stop at a gas station,” and New Jersey Democrat Sen. Cory Booker told a crowd in July to “go to the Hill” and “please, get up in the face of some congresspeople.”

Left-wing protests against Kavanaugh have seen irate screaming, near-constant attempts to shout down committee hearings, and even attempts to break into the Supreme Court building while the new Justice took his oath of office. Protesters have also chased down multiple GOP lawmakers passing through Reagan National Airport, as well as harassed and assaulted Republicans in the halls of Senate office buildings.

Despite Holder’s later qualifier that he means “kicking” figuratively, many conservatives have denounced Democrats for promoting, whether deliberately or unwittingly, a message they say left-wing extremists will take literally:

Holder has previously said he’s considering a presidential run of his own against Trump in 2020.