Former Attorney General Eric Holder said he disagrees with Michelle Obama’s high-minded slogan: “When they go low, we go high.”
“When they go low, we kick ‘em,” the 67-year-old former Obama Administration AG declared during a campaign swing in McDonough Ga., on Sunday. “That’s what the new Democratic Party is about… We’re going to fight for the ideals of the Democratic Party.”
Several minutes later into his speech, Holder clarified he’s not suggesting Democrats actually exchange blows to counteract Republican attacks.
“When I say we, you know, ‘We kick ‘em,’ I don’t mean we do anything inappropriate. We don’t do anything illegal,” said Holder, who is reportedly considering a run for president.
“But we got to be tough, and we have to fight for the very things that [civil rights leaders] John Lewis, Martin Luther King, Whitney Young – you know, all those folks gave to us.”
Holder — who was was campaigning for Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams — said this was the start of a “new Democratic party” that needed to be as “tough,” “dedicated” and “committed” as Republicans.
President Trump called Holder’s comments “a disgrace” in a Wednesday night Fox News phone interview.
“When I hear Holder making a statement like he did today, I think it’s a disgrace,” Trump said.
The former Obama administration official’s comments surfaced just after Hillary Clinton said Democrats can’t afford to be civil with Republicans if they want to regain power.
“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Clinton told 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.”
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