Trump blasts Eric Holder for ‘disgusting, dangerous’ statement about kicking enemies
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump says former Attorney General Eric Holder “better be careful” with recent comments claiming that “when they go low, we kick them” is what the “new Democratic Party is about.”
Holder, who ran the U.S. Department of Justice for former President Barack Obama, said at a political event Sunday that former First Lady Michelle Obama was wrong to boast about Democrats going “high” when Republicans “go low.” He refused to apologize for his remarks.
“No. No. When they go low, we kick them,” Holder declared. "That's what this new Democratic Party is about. We are proud as hell to be Democrats.” He qualified his statement by claiming he didn’t mean “anything inappropriate” or “anything illegal” by “kicking,” but by then his audience had already given the threat laughter and applause.
"He better be careful what he's wishing for,” Trump responded Thursday morning on Fox & Friends. “That's a disgusting statement for him to make. For him to make a statement like that is a very dangerous statement. You know, they talk about us; we are exactly opposite (...) my rallies are extremely calm and well-run.”
By contrast, he continued, “they used to send in paid protesters, the Democrats and (George) Soros, and they came from all over. We’d have protesters. And I would say this: it wasn’t so successful for those protesters. But they have to be very careful with the rhetoric, because it’s very dangerous.”
The president then blasted Holder’s record, specifically referencing Holder’s hounding of religious conservatives and Tea Party activists, as well as Congress’ decision to hold him in contempt for refusing to hand over documents pertaining to the Operation: Fast and Furious scandal.
“Holder is — he's got some problems,” Trump concluded. “And I don't see him running. And if he did run, I think he gets gobbled up before he even gets to the election itself. I think the primaries would gobble him up.” Holder has previously floated a potential presidential run against Trump in 2020.
Holder is just one of several high-profile Democrats who has recently endorsed open hostility toward Republicans. Over the past two weeks, Hawaii Democrat Sen. Mazie Hirono refused to say left-wing protesters shouldn’t follow Republicans to their homes or restaurants, and failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said 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.
Regardless, Holder dismissed the criticism as “fake outrage” Thursday, claiming he was “obviously not advocating 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
The former attorney general’s conservative critics argue that regardless of his intent or qualifiers, his rhetoric is dangerous because it further inflames the already-boiling anger of unhinged liberal listeners.