Michelle Obama came out against prominent Democrats’ angry comments toward Republicans Thursday on NBC’s ‘Today,’ particularly those who have been twisting her famous maxim “When they go low, we go high.”
“Fear is not a proper motivator. Hope wins out,” Michelle Obama said. “And if you think about how you want your kids to be raised, how you want to think about life and their opportunities. Do you want them afraid of your neighbors? Do you want them angry, do you want them vengeful? We think of the values that we try to promote to our children.”
The former first lady’s comments come after several high profile Democratic leaders have upped their rhetoric against Republicans and those who specifically cited her quote at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, where she said, “When they go low, we go high.”
The first mainstream Democrat to challenge those words was Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti, who in August said, “We must be a party that fights fire with fire,” he said during a speech in Iowa. “When they go low, I say hit back harder.”
Hillary Clinton also said Tuesday on CNN, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for.”
And on Wednesday, potential 2020 presidential candidate and former attorney general Eric Holder said Democrats need to take a more aggressive approach during a campaign event in Georgia.
“Michelle [Obama] always says, ‘When they go low, we go high.’ No. No. When they go low, we kick them,” Holder said. “That’s what this Democratic Party’s about. We’re proud as hell to be Democrats. We’re willing to fight for the ideals of the Democratic Party.”
There appears to be a split in what the proper course of action for Democrats ought to be. Independent voters surely see the riff, and would be more likely to side with Republicans so long as it continues.