Hillary Clinton infuriated Republicans on Tuesday when she said that civility in America can only begin once the Democrats win back the House and/or Senate. Republicans might not like what she said. But she’s right.
In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton said that now is not the time to be civil to Republicans.
“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Hillary said. “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.”
Hillary mentioned several previous controversies where Republicans acted like total jackasses, like the 2000 election recount and the “swift boating” of John Kerry in 2004. And she compared them to the way they behaved in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process.
“I remember what they did to me for 25 years — the falsehoods, the lies, which unfortunately people believe because the Republicans have put a lot of time, money, and effort in promoting them,” she said. “So when you’re dealing with an ideological party that is driven by the lust for power, that is funded by corporate interests who want a government that does its bidding, it’s — you can be civil, but you can’t overcome what they intend to do unless you win elections.”
Hillary also said that it should be a top priority for Dems to win back at least one chamber of Congress so that they can be a check on Donald Trump. But when she was asked about impeachment she side-stepped.
“The question about impeachment — you know, that will be left to others to decide,” Clinton said. “I want to stop the degrading of the rule of law. The delegitimizing of elections. One of their priorities should be, let’s protect our elections. Let’s make sure that we have electoral security. Let’s end the suppression of voters. So there is a big agenda if the Democrats take over.”
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) October 9, 2018