President Donald Trump blasted former Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday for his statement that Democrats should put civility aside and “kick” Republicans.
What did Trump say?
“He better be careful what he’s wishing for, that I can tell you,” Trump said during an interview with Fox News. “He better be careful what he’s wishing for. That’s a disgusting statement for him to make.”
Trump said Holder making such a statement is “very dangerous.”
Holder, who served as attorney general in the Obama administration, made the statement Sunday during a local campaign event for Georgia Democratic candidates.
In the clip, Holder called for a confrontational tone and approach similar to the conduct seen during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation conflict and other debates. Holder said Republicans have used their power for all of the wrong things.
“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 always says – Michelle Obama…When they go low, we go high. No, no. When they go low, we kick them.”
The crowd clapped and hollered in approval at his statement.
“That’s what this new Democratic Party’s about,” he continued. “We’re proud as hell to be Democrats, we’re going to fight for the ideals of the Democratic Party. We’re proud of our history. We’re proud of the present and we’re proud of the future we can create for this country.”
Holder’s remarks came after Hillary Clinton told CNN during an interview, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for.”
Holder could be a 2020 presidential candidate and is expected to make a final decision on running early next year.
“I think the primaries would gobble him up,” Trump said of that prospect.
Trump has also been accused of contributing to a political tensions, especially for his blazing attacks on Twitter against his critics.
What else is causing this climate?
Trump’s interview with the news outlet followed a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he criticized Democrats for their failed efforts to keep Justice Brett Kavanaugh from being confirmed to the Supreme Court.
The president called Democrats’ actions a disgrace and added that he never considered giving up his support for Kavanaugh, who was narrowly confirmed following accusations of sexual assault.
Trump has openly criticized Kavanaugh’s key accuser Christine Blasey Ford. She accused Kavanaugh of unwanted sexual contact at a high school party more than 35 years ago. Kavanaugh has denied the incident.
In response to aggressive tactics by Democrats, Trump is campaigning almost daily in an effort to drum up support for Republican candidates.