Former Attorney General Eric Holder sent a tweet on Thursday afternoon clarifying a statement he made a day prior in which it appeared like he advocated for Democrats to assault Republicans.
“OK, stop the fake outrage. I’m obviously not advocating violence,” he tweeted. “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.”
Holder’s original remarks came during a campaign event for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams earlier this week.
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
“It’s on 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 stated. “Michelle always says — Michelle Obama, I love her … she always says that, you know, when they go low, we go high.” (RELATED: Former AG Eric Holder: ‘When They Go Low, We Kick Them’)
“No, when they go low, we kick them,” he continued.
Holder later denied that he was advocating for violence, adding, “When I say we, you know, ‘We kick ’em,’ I don’t mean we do anything inappropriate. We don’t do anything illegal … But we [have] got to be tough.”
Earlier on Thursday, President Trump was asked about Holder’s comments and he said, “He better be careful what he is wishing for. He better be careful for what he is wishing for. That is a disgusting statement for him to make.” (RELATED: Trump On Holder Calling For Democrats To ‘Kick’ Republicans: ‘He Better Be Careful’)
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