Speaking at a recent campaign event for Georgia Democrats, rumored 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and former Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder used violent rhetoric in making a pitch for a “new Democratic Party.”
“Our nation is at risk. Our democracy is at risk,” Holder to a room of Democratic activists. Holder is openly considering launching a bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination to challenge President Trump. Encouraging his audience to become more involved politically, Holder attacked the Trump administration and the Republican Party in what is likely to become his 2020 campaign message.
“We have to send a message about what this nation is really all about,” Holder said. “We are a lot more tolerant than Trump would have us believe. We’re a lot more accepting than Trump would have people believe. We’re a better nation than Trump would have people think of us as a country. And frankly, we’re better than the Republicans would have us be portrayed.”
“Republicans have done all they possibly can to try to break up our democracy, keep people away from the polls with these voter ID laws,” he continued. He accused Republicans of using racial and partisan gerrymandering to maintain power and lamented that Democrats are softer than Republicans.
“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,” Holder said.
“Michelle [Obama] always says that when they go low, we go high. No. No. When they go low, we kick them. That’s what this new Democratic Party is about.”
The audience applauded, laughed, and chanted, “fight.”
Eric Holder: "Michelle [Obama] always says, 'When they go low, we go high.' No. No. When they go low, we kick them."https://t.co/RIBtvaEF5t
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) October 10, 2018
Holder’s violent language follows calls from 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for the party to become less civil toward Republicans.
“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN. “That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.”
Another prospective 2020 candidate, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., recently called for activists to “get up in the face of some congresspeople.”
This is dangerous. Violent rhetoric from leaders on the Left motivates some of their activists to commit acts of violence against conservatives. Holder can preach tolerance and acceptance, but we observe how leftist Antifa mobs assault people, or how a deranged man like James T. Hodgkinson attempted to murder congressional Republicans on a baseball field.
Remember that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was assaulted by his neighbor. Paul recently expressed his concern that “someone is going to be killed” if Democrats continue to use violent rhetoric.
“Those who are ratcheting up the conversation … they have to realize that they bear some responsibility if this elevates to violence,” Paul said in an interview with a Kentucky radio station.
Eric Holder and the rest of the Democrats should get the memo before running for president. Someone could get hurt.
Editor’s note: The title of this article was changed to clarify that Eric Holder made these remarks.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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