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Scalise: Clinton, Holder comments on civility a 'direct threat to our democracy'

Scalise: Clinton, Holder comments on civility a 'direct threat to our democracy'
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House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseRoy to challenge Stefanik for Cheney's old position Stefanik shake-up jump-starts early jockeying for committee posts Freedom Caucus Republican says Cheney was 'canceled' MORE on Thursday slammed comments made by prominent Democrats, saying they will incite more harassment and violence and calling them "a direct threat to our democracy."

The Louisiana Republican took particular aim at former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit More than half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020, setting record Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows MORE, former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderOne quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors First redistricting lawsuits filed by Democratic group On The Trail: Census data kicks off the biggest redistricting fight in American history MORE and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersJuan Williams: Tim Scott should become a Democrat The Hill's Morning Report - Biden address to Congress will dominate busy week Maxine Waters: Judge in Chauvin trial who criticized her was 'angry' MORE (D-Calif.) in a Fox News op-ed.

"Despite the continued reports of politically motivated threats or violence, Democratic Party leaders have worked to keep this anger burning and incite even more harassment and violence," Scalise wrote.

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Clinton said Tuesday that Democrats cannot be civil towards Republicans, while comments from Holder emerged on Wednesday in which he said Democrats should "kick" Republicans who "go low." Walters, meanwhile, made comments earlier this year encouraging progressives to harass members of the Trump administration.

"Beginning with my own near-death experience at the hands of a deranged shooter who sought to assassinate a baseball field of Republicans, there is a growing list of violent or threatening actions taken against conservatives by Democrats," Scalise, who was seriously wounded when a gunman opened fire at a Republican baseball practice last year, wrote.

"As a survivor of a politically motivated attack, it is tragic to think this is an acceptable state of political discourse in our country," Scalise added.

"I refuse to stand for this and I will continue to call for an end to it. A healthy, strong democracy is not possible if anyone lives in fear of expressing their views."

He also wrote that when Democratic leaders like Holder "call for violence," it is a "direct threat to our democracy." 

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"I hope he and others think long and hard about the world they are creating and the impact they are leaving on this country."

Scalise and others on the right have expressed fears that progressives' rhetoric could lead to violence.

"I really worry that someone is going to be killed," Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulFauci on Rand Paul: 'I just don't understand what the problem is with him' Buckingham Palace requests 'Trump Train' remove image of queen from bus The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting MORE (R-Ky.) told a local radio station earlier this week.

Some on the left have pushed also back against the most recent comments.

Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampEffective and profitable climate solutions are within the nation's farms and forests Bill Maher blasts removal of journalist at Teen Vogue Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives MORE (D-N.D.) ripped Clinton's remarks as "ridiculous" on Tuesday, while former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama describes Barack's favorite movies: 'Everybody is sad, then they die' Michelle Obama on coping with low-grade depression: 'Nobody rides life on a high' Sarah Silverman urges Congress to pass voting bill: 'What kind of politician wants to keep people from voting?' MORE (D) pushed back against Holder's version of her slogan "when they go low, we go high."

"Do you want them afraid of their neighbors? Do you want them angry? Do you want them vengeful?" she asked Thursday.