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 ScalisePelosi, Democratic leaders seek to quell liberal revolt over border bill Lawmakers warn of 'grave situation' after drone shot down House Democrats close to finalizing border aid bill 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 ClintonBiden to debate for first time as front-runner Top Trump ally says potential Amash presidential bid could be problematic in Michigan Chaotic Trump transition leaks: Debates must tackle how Democrats will govern differently MORE, former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderThe most important pledge Democratic presidential candidates can make Congress and contempt: What you need to know The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats wonder: Can Nadler handle the Trump probe? MORE and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersHillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns House panel to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency project On The Money: S&P hits record as stocks rally on Fed cut hopes | Facebook's new cryptocurrency raises red flags for critics | Internal IRS watchdog rips agency's taxpayer service | Apple seeks tariff relief 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.

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." 

"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 PaulWe're all on the tarmac, waiting for an Iran policy This week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request Washington braces for Trump's next move on Iran 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 HeitkampLobbying World Pro-trade group targets Democratic leadership in push for new NAFTA On The Money: Stocks sink on Trump tariff threat | GOP caught off guard by new trade turmoil | Federal deficit grew 38 percent this fiscal year | Banks avoid taking position in Trump, Dem subpoena fight MORE (D-N.D.) ripped Clinton's remarks as "ridiculous" on Tuesday, while former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama leads USA dodgeball against Corden's Team UK Michelle Obama to lead female celebrity dodgeball team in 'Late Late Show' face-off Obamas sign deal with Spotify to produce podcasts 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.