Hillary Clinton once called conservative Americans “deplorables.” Now Clinton is defending the campaign of character assassination and harassment that took place during the Kavanaugh confirmation battle.
“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN’s 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. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.”
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Clinton’s comments drew outrage from conservatives online. Writer John Sexton at Hot Air commented this way:
Incredibly, Hillary points to the just concluded confirmation fight over Judge Kavanaugh as an example of Republican incivility. Even if you believe some of Trump’s comments about Dr. Ford were inappropriate, shouldn’t there be some sense of self-awareness that kicks in here? Was Spartacus civility? Were Michael Avenatti’s allegations about Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook civility? Was the partisan leak of Dr. Ford’s allegations against her wishes civility? Is claiming you need to delay the proceedings because you’re afraid to fly and then flying to the hearings civility? Was Sen. Gillibrand’s announcement that she believed the accusers without waiting to hear from the accused civility? Were the shouting, crying protesters hounding GOP Senators in their offices and at the elevators civility? Is bringing forward allegations of gang rape that no one can support civility? Were the death threats made against Judge Kavanaugh and Sen. Collins civility?
Any reasonable observer would have to admit that incivility in this situation was, at best, a mixed bag. It certainly can’t be put solely at the feet of one party, not with Michael Avenatti out there crying gang-rape. But none of this seems to occur to Hillary, which should tell you all you need to know about her qualifications to lecture anyone on civility.