In an interview with CNN, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke on the debate over civility that has been spurred with recent confrontations between protesters and government officials.
“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Clinton told 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,” she continued. “But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.”
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“You heard how the Republican members — led by Mitch McConnell, the president — really demeaned the confirmation process, insulted and attacked not only Dr. Ford but women who were speaking out,” Clinton added.
Other Democrats have made similar remarks about civility, such as Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).
Talking with CNN, Hirono said the actions of activists chasing Republican members out of restaurants is something that just “happens”:
“This is what happens because when you look at white supremacists and all that, this is what’s coming forth in our country. There is a tremendous divisiveness in our country.”
“This is the kind of activism that occurs and people make their own decisions,” Hirono added. “If they violate the law, then they have to account for that.”