Hillary Clinton said Tuesday "you cannot be civil" with Republicans and that "civility can start again" if the Democrats win back the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, or both come November.
What else did she say?
In her interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Clinton added that Republicans only seem to respect "strength" — and have been out to destroy what she holds dear politically.
"You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about," the former secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee 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."
Clinton also took shots at President Donald Trump and GOP leaders for how they "really demeaned the confirmation process" of newly sworn-in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, saying they "insulted and attacked not only Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford" — who claimed Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers over 35 years ago — but also "women who were speaking out."
Then the former first lady really got rolling:
Look, I remember Republican operatives shutting down the voting in Florida in 2000. I remember the swift-boating of John Kerry. I remember the things that even the Republican Party did to John McCain. ... 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. 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 ... you can be civil, but you can't overcome what they intend to do unless you win elections.
Here's the clip:
This writer's perspective
What proceeded from Clinton's mouth in this interview grew progressively more astonishing with each uttered word — mostly because just about everything she said is applicable to Democrats.
For instance, would Democrats in control of the Senate Judiciary Committee have exhibited the civility of even considering an additional hearing had a Democratic president nominated a liberal judge to the Supreme Court who was then accused of sexual assault three decades prior on the eve of the confirmation vote?
Was Clinton in the kitchen baking cookies like Tammy Wynette when it was revealed that Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein had Ford's letter for well over a month prior to its 11th-hour leak to the media, which smelled badly of an attempt to either delay or derail Kavanaugh's confirmation?
Was Clinton binge-watching her 2016 campaign speeches when Kavanaugh was questioned in front of the planet about beer, flatulence, and high school yearbook entries? Who again was doing the demeaning?
And while she was lamenting the so-called attacks endured by Ford, did Clinton plum forget that multiple women not only accused her husband of sexual assault but also that she famously brushed off such allegations as "bimbo eruptions"? Believe all women, eh?
Oh, and "ideological party ... driven by the lust for power"? Is she kidding?
In her defense, Clinton noted later that "you can be civil, but you can't overcome what they intend to do unless you win elections."
She's right about that — with a crucial alteration: Indeed, Republicans can't overcome what Democrats intend to do unless Republicans win in November.
Gotta hand it to you, "Madam President": Your words, if nothing else, continue to fire up the very people you want to see defeated — to say nothing of the millions out there who just may pay special visits to the polls and vote Republican next month in your honor.
(H/T: The Daily Wire)