Michelle Obama gave her fellow Democrats a piece of famous advice during her speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention: "When they go low, we go high." The mantra, delivered during a particularly nasty campaign, is now back in the news for an unusual reason: Some high-profile Democrats say it's time to do precisely the opposite. Details and developments:
- Eric Holder: At a speech in Georgia on Sunday, the former attorney general said Democrats have to get tougher, reports CNN. "Michelle always says, 'When they go low, we go high.' No. No. When they go low, we kick them." He later clarified: "When I say we kick them, I don't mean we do anything inappropriate, we don't do anything illegal, but we have to be tough and we have to fight." Watch the clip here.
- Hillary Clinton: She didn't go quite as far as Holder, but in a CNN interview Tuesday she said: "You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about." She said Republicans understand only "strength," not civility, adding that the latter will return only if Democrats take back the House and Senate. White House adviser Kellyanne Conway called out Clinton's comments as "graceless" and "a little bit dangerous," per the Hill.
- New strategy? "I find it hard to believe this remarkably consistent messaging is a coincidence," writes John Sexton at Hot Air. "It seems like the sort of thing some Democrats discussed privately as a midterm messaging strategy." He draws a parallel to Democrat Maxine Water's advice to confront members of the Trump administration in public.