Former Attorney General Eric Holder challenged Republicans to a “knife fight” declaring that he and other Democrats are ready to”rumble.”
Holder, who headed the Obama Justice Department from 2009 to 2015, spouted his violent rhetoric at a campaign stop in Wisconsin on Thursday. He told Democrats they need to be focused and disciplined heading into midterm elections, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“We have to be ready to, you know, not do anything inappropriate, not do anything improper, certainly not do anything unlawful,” he said.
“But to the extent that they want to have a fight, let’s do it,” he added. “You want to rumble, let’s rumble. You want to have a knife fight, we’re gonna do it.”
Holder’s swing through Wisconsin was meant to motivate liberals to turn out the vote for Supreme Court candidate, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet. She faces Republican-backed Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock in the April 3 election.
The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, headed by Holder, is spending $140,000 on digital ads backing Dallet and may spend more in the coming days, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The group is also suing Republican Gov. Scott Walker for not holding special elections in order to fill two vacant state Legislature seats.
Holder must have taken some inspiration from his former boss while in Wisconsin.
During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Obama said at a stop in Philadelphia, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun. Because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”
Holder holds the dubious honor of being the only cabinet member in U.S. history to be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to release documents to the House Oversight Committee that pertained to the failed DOJ sting operation known as Fast and Furious, which placed allowed weapons to get in the hands of Mexican drug gangs.
He has become increasingly more vocal in his criticism of President Trump.
He joined the liberal cacophony on Friday reacting to news that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired, calling the timing “cruel” and slamming Trump as an “erratic President who should’ve played no role here.”
Analyze McCabe firing on two levels: the substance and the timing. We don’t know enough about the substance yet. The timing appears cruel and a cave that compromised DOJ independence to please an increasingly erratic President who should’ve played no role here. This is dangerous
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) March 17, 2018