Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderElection Countdown: Midterm fight heats up over Kavanaugh | McConnell sees energized base | Dems look to women to retake House | How suburban voters could decide control of Congress | Taylor Swift backs Tennessee Dems | Poll shows Cruz up 5 in Texas Holder: Supreme Court's legitimacy can be questioned after Kavanaugh confirmation Dem 2020 primary season is unofficially underway MORE said at a recent campaign event that when Republicans "go low," Democrats should "kick them" in response, video that surfaced Wednesday shows.
Holder, while campaigning for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D), said that it's time for Democrats to be as "tough," "dedicated" and "committed" as Republicans are.
"Michelle [Obama] always says that, you know, ‘When they go low, we go high.’ No. When they go low, we kick them. That’s what this new Democratic Party is about," he said. “We’re proud as hell to be Democrats. We’re going to fight for the ideals of the Democratic Party."
Holder, who has said he is interested in a possible 2020 White House bid, also said Republicans have used their power "for all the wrong things."
“They’ve tried to racial gerrymander, they’ve tried to partisan gerrymander. ... They want to keep themselves in power. They want to cater to the special interests,” Holder said.
"We’re in this to win," he added. "And the reality is if we don’t win, people who are less committed, less idealistic, less imbued with the values that make this nation really great, will run this country.”
Holder also clarified later in the speech that when he says to "kick them," he doesn't mean doing anything inappropriate or illegal.
Holder's comments surfaced one day after Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump touts Kavanaugh confirmation at raucous Iowa rally Trump rally crowd erupts with chants of 'lock her up' about Feinstein Election Countdown: Big fundraising numbers in fight for Senate | Haley resigns in surprise move | Says she will back Trump in 2020 | Sanders hitting midterm trail | Collins becomes top Dem target | Takeaways from Indiana Senate debate MORE dismissed the idea of civility between Democrats and Republicans, saying that "you cannot be civil with" the Republican Party because it "wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about."
"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," Clinton said in an interview with CNN.