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 HolderObama celebrates 'great night for our country' after Democrats' victories in Virginia and Kentucky After Obama-era abuses, Republican hysteria over impeachment process is absurd Lawmakers come together to honor Cummings: 'One of the greats in our country's history' 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 TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem 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 TrumpKhizr Khan: Trump family 'has no idea what service and sacrifice is' Hillicon Valley: Facebook to remove mentions of potential whistleblower's name | House Dems demand FCC action over leak of location data | Dem presses regulators to secure health care data Facebook, YouTube to remove 'any and all' mention of potential whistleblower's name MORE, also said "leftists have really lost touch" in response to the comment. 

Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaBloomberg threatens to shake up 2020 primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race Michelle Obama unveils all-star lineup for 2020 get-out-the-vote push 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.