Eric Holder doubles down on 'when they go low, we kick them' remark: 'Stop the fake outrage'
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Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderNew Jersey redistricting reform blasted as gerrymandering power grab Trump attorney general pick a prolific donor to GOP candidates, groups: report Trump on sharing photo of Rosenstein behind bars: 'He should have never picked a special counsel' MORE on Thursday defended his comments which surfaced earlier this week in which he said when Republicans "go low," Democrats should "kick them," calling on critics to "stop the fake outrage." 

"OK, stop the fake outrage," Holder, who served in the Obama administration, tweeted. "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," he added.

Holder's defense came a day after video circulated online of the former attorney general speaking at a campaign event for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D).

"Michelle [Obama] always says, you know, ‘When they go low, we go high.’ No. When they go low, we kick them." Holder said. "That’s what this new Democratic Party is about."

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Holder later clarified in his speech that he wasn't advocating for violence. 

But Republicans quickly seized on the comment, with President TrumpDonald John TrumpReturn hope to the Middle East by returning to the Iran Deal Government shutdowns tend to increase government spending 'Full Frontal' gives six-bedroom house to group that works with detained immigrants MORE on Thursday accusing Holder of engaging in dangerous rhetoric. 

“He better be careful what he’s wishing for. That’s a disgusting statement for him to make. For him to make a statement like that is a very dangerous statement,” Trump said during an interview on "Fox & Friends."

The president's son, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpReport accuses US tech giants of impeding Senate's Russia probe Intel panel expects to refer more cases of suspected lying to Mueller Trump Jr. says his dad is a 're-gifter' MORE, also said "leftists have really lost touch" in response to the comment. 

Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaRegina King says she'd be honored to portray Michelle Obama in a movie Michelle Obama jokes Barack's message of hope began with being late for dinner Michelle Obama does Fortnite 'orange justice' dance with Santa MORE also pushed back against Holder's remarks, saying on "Today" that "fear is not a proper motivator." 

"Think about how you want your kids to be raised," Obama said.