Former First Lady Hillary Clinton spoke with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour following the confirmation and swearing in of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Clinton told 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.”
Despite the circumstances under which her husband, former President Bill Clinton left office, Hillary Clinton railed on Senate Republicans under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, “demeaned the confirmation process” and “insulted and attacked” Christine Blasey Ford who accused Kavanaugh of attempting to assault her 36 years ago.
“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, you can be civil but you can’t overcome what they intend to do unless you win elections,” Clinton said.
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“On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure,” Trump said. “Those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation. Not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception. What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process.”
Clinton compared that ceremony to a “political rally” that “further undermined the image and integrity of the court.”
“But the President’s been true to form,” Clinton added. “He has insulted, attacked, demeaned women throughout the campaign — really for many years leading up to the campaign. And he’s continued to do that inside the White House.”
Following the confirmation of Kavanaugh, Clinton said that her husband told her that “Democrats have to be tougher.”
“Bill had to be incredibly strong — first to get elected, then to get re-elected and to survive,” she said. “And it was not easy by any means, obviously.”