House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (La.) said Friday he believes the rhetoric from the left is getting worse and Democratic Party leaders are not calling it out. 

In a Fox News op-ed, Scalise wrote that "when Democratic leaders like Eric Holder call for violence, that is a direct threat to our democracy."

Holder drew criticism this week for calling on Democrats to be tougher against Republicans this election cycle. 

"Michelle [Obama] always says, 'When they go low, we go high.' No. When they go low, we kick 'em," he said. 


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Meantime, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that you "cannot be civil" with members of the Republican Party given the actions of the Trump administration. 

Scalise, who was severely wounded when a Bernie Sanders supporter opened fire on Republican lawmakers in 2017, said America's founders intended for political differences to be settled "at the ballot box," not with physical confrontation. 

"I’d like to see the mainstream media asking both Republicans and Democrat leaders to stand up against this kind of rhetoric," he said. 

Scalise argued that Democrats will not be successful with this type of strategy because they're not focusing on issues voters care about. 

"They're not winning the argument if they're resorting to violence," he said, calling on Democrats to lay out an agenda for America, not try to intimidate people into supporting them. 

He said there's a "lot of momentum" on the side of Republicans ahead of the midterm elections because of the booming economy and disapproval of Democrats' treatment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. 

"I think we hold the House," he predicted. 

Later on "America's Newsroom," former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the "temperature" needs to come down and people need to have respectful partisan disagreements. 

Spicer said the "violence and assaulting" is from the left against conservatives, and people like Holder and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) should realize that their words have consequences.


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