Former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in an interview with CNN on Tuesday insinuated that Democrats could only be civil if they are back in control of the House and/or the Senate.
You can not be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about.
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 the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.
And you heard how the Republican members led by Mitch McConnell, the President, really demeaned the confirmation process.
First, Republicans and conservatives can say the same about the Democratic Party’s intentions. I could cite numerous examples. It’s one of the primary reasons President Donald Trump won in 2016, not because he was a great candidate. No, a vote for Trump was a vote against Clinton and the Democratic Party for more people than not.
Second, what does she mean by civility? When people talk about incivility in the current context, we are not talking about just being the opposing party. We are talking about protestors harassing and doxing members of Congress, we are talking about the worst character attacks spread on the flimsiest of evidence, we are talking about death threats, and we are talking about potential political violence.
Does she not remember that someone recently tried to take out Republican members of Congress last year while they practiced for the Congressional baseball game?
Third, incivility is not strength.
Yes, I know President Trump is not the model of civility, and he has said plenty of things that have earned criticism from me. If Republican protestors start harassing Democratic members of Congress while they are out to eat or at home, I’ll say something, but that has not happened. When Republicans start doxing Democratic members of Congress, I’ll say something, but that hasn’t happened either. If Republican members of Congress or President Trump calls for people to confront Democratic members of Congress where they live or in their day to day lives like Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-California) and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), have, I’ll say something, but that has not happened.
The minority party will always be the loyal opposition, but that is not what we are talking about here. Good grief, what an irresponsible comment.