With less than a month left before the midterm election, Democrats are having a tough time with messaging and rhetoric that doesn't make them look like violent extremists.
During the Democratic National Convention in July 2016, then-First Lady Michelle Obama gave arguably the most compelling and inspiring speech of the gathering, saying, "When they go low, we go high."
Fast forward to October 2018, her husband's former attorney general, Eric Holder, told a crowd of supporters that her words were wrong.
"When they go low, we kick them," Holder said, to audience laughter. Of course, he tried to clarify himself by telling audience members to keep it legal, but the point was clear.
And if you think that Holder is an outlier in giving politically-inspired violence a pass, allow me to introduce you to 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
"You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about," Clinton told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an interview. "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."
While it seems like Holder and Clinton can say whatever they want simply because they're not holding public office, Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee – in addition to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. – is trying to justify these violent leftist mobs.
CNN's Dana Bash asked Hirono if protesters were going too far in driving senators and members of Congress out of restaurants. She responded by pointing to the unfair confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh rather than addressing the question head-on.
"I think that it just means that there are a lot of people who are very, very much motivated by what is going on," Hirono said, "because what is — what happened with Judge Kavanaugh is, from the very beginning, this was not a fair process."
It’s bad enough that these leftist mobs are chasing Trump administration officials and Republicans out of public restaurants.
We’ve already seen Republican members of Congress get physically attacked. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., nearly died because of a mentally-ill Bernie Sanders supporter in 2017, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., got his ribs cracked after he was assaulted by his neighbor.
The worst part about this is that prominent Democrats, who many people still support, continue to justify these types of violent tactics to win fights that they can't win in the realm of politics.