Former U.S. Attorney General for the Obama administration Eric Holder specifically rejected former first lady Michelle Obama’s call for civility in politics, and offered his own moral formulation.
“They have used the power that they have gotten for all the wrong things,” he told an audience. “They want to keep themselves in power. They want to cater to the special interests.”
“It is time for us, as Democrats, to be as tough as they are,” he explained, “to be as dedicated as they are, to be as committed as they are.”
“Michelle always says, Michelle Obama, I love her, you know, she and my wife like, really tight, which always scares me and Barack,” he joked.
“But Michelle says, you know,” he added, “when they go low we go high.”
“No, no,” he disagreed.
“When they go low, we kick them!” he exclaimed to loud applause.
“That’s what this new Democratic party is about,” he continued. “We’re proud as hell to be Democrats, we’re willing to fight for the ideals of the Democratic party. We’re proud of our history, we’re proud of our present, and we’re proud of the future that we can create for this country.”
“And we’re not in this just to make a statement, we’re in this to win!” he concluded.
Here’s the video of Holder advocating for incivility:
Holder’s imperative to aggressive action mirrors the call from Hillary Clinton, who recently said that Republicans don’t deserve to be treated civilly.