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 ScaliseRepublicans fear disaster in November Gaetz set to endorse primary opponent of fellow Florida GOP lawmaker Hillicon Valley: Trump backs potential Microsoft, TikTok deal, sets September deadline | House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing | Facebook labels manipulated Pelosi video 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 ClintonTrump touts economic agenda in battleground Ohio The Memo: Campaigns gird for rush of early voting Trump's pitch to Maine lobstermen falls flat MORE, former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderObamas discuss pandemic, voting, anxiety and community in new podcast Joy Reid debut delivers 2.6 million viewers for MSNBC The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Facebook — Republicans rejigger summer convention plans MORE and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersBill from Warren, Gillibrand and Waters would make Fed fight economic racial inequalities Waters rips Trump, GOP over mail-in ballots: 'They'll lie, cheat and steal to stay in power' CDC director says he wasn't involved in decision to reroute COVID-19 hospitalization data 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 PaulTrump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus 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 Heitkamp70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents Susan Collins set to play pivotal role in impeachment drama Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA MORE (D-N.D.) ripped Clinton's remarks as "ridiculous" on Tuesday, while former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama on depression: 'I'm doing just fine' Young minority voters show overwhelming support for Biden: poll Michelle Obama says she is managing 'low-grade depression' 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.