Former Attorney General Eric Holder told supporters this week that his friend Michelle Obama's insistence that when Republicans "go low, we go high" is no longer viable.
"No, no, no," he said. "When they go low, we kick them. That's what this new Democratic Party is about."
He's sadly correct, and he isn't the first member of this new Democratic Party to call for confrontations with Republicans. They've been doing it for months--ironically since a year to the day after a liberal tried to assassinate Republican Congressmen on a baseball field.
During the height of the uproar this summer over the family separation policy at America's southern border, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fanned the flames.
"I just don't even know why there aren't uprisings all over the country. And maybe there will be, when people realize that this is a policy that they defend," she said in a press conference on June 14th, exactly one year to the day after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot and nearly killed.
A week later, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters issued an infamous call for her supporters to harass members of the Trump Administration whenever they saw them in public.
"Let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd," Waters screamed. "And you push back on them. And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere!"
Two days later, she doubled down on this call in an interview with MSNBC.
"These members of [President Trump's] Cabinet who remain and try to defend him, they're not going to be able to go to a restaurant, they're not going to be able to stop at a gas station, they're not going to be able to shop at a department store, the people are going to turn on them," she said. "They're going to protest, they're going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they're going to tell the president, 'No I can't hang with you on this. This is wrong. We can't keep doing this to children.'"
A month later, Democratic Senator Cory Booker explicitly called for his fans to go to Capitol Hill and "get up in the face of some Congresspeople."
He termed it his "call to action."
After the pitched battle over Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, former Senator, Secretary of State, and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised that there would be no civility...until Democrats retake control of Congress.
"You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about," she told CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "That's why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that's when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength."
In light of what her fellow Democrats have been calling for over the past four months (and what their supporters have done over the past four months), that sounds more like a threat than anything else.