It seems that America has never been more polarized. Each side is absolutely at odds with the other and the middle is stretching further and further. Eventually, it’s going to snap. Both sides rage about how the other has no civility, no respect, and really nothing to stand for. They also feel that their own opinions are not only the right thing, they are the only thing – and that their way is the only way forward.
The truth, as per usual, lies somewhere in the middle. But the bipartisan-ship has long since sailed away from American shores, and we’re not sure when we’ll see it again. Hillary Clinton recently appeared on CNN to discuss this debate over civility, but it doesn’t seem to have done much to bring the disparate parts of America into sync.
“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 Christiane Amanpour.
The former presidential candidate is referring to the recent criticisms by Republicans towards the protestors outside the Supreme Court during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings and eventual confirmation. The GOP has begun to paint their actions as, “uncivil,” and calling the group a “mob.”
Clinton continued to rail against the lack of civility in all aspects of politics today and hypothesized that perhaps this could all change in November.
“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,” she added. “But until then, the only thing the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.”
Clinton also commented on the confirmation process itself, saying that the actions of Republican lawmakers throughout, “insulted and attacked not only Dr. Ford but women who were speaking out.”
Clinton isn’t the only one commenting publicly on the perceived lack of civility in our political process today. Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono represents Hawaii in the Senate, and she has become a figure in the criticism of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate Judiciary Committee vote and his eventual confirmation.
When asked about the Republican lawmakers who’ve been “chased” out of restaurants, she continued to rail against this lack of civility that so many are referencing.
“This is what happens because when you look at white supremacists and all that, this is what’s coming forth in our country. There is a tremendous divisiveness in our country,” she said.
Commenters on the Independent Journal Review article had a few choice words for the former First Lady.
“This stupid hag thinks REPUBLICANS have damaged america???? Her and her criminals have almost destroyed the america I know, I hope she has a coronary…” wrote one anonymous commenter.
“Swillary has a lot of gall. “Women who were speaking out” has to be the epitome of hypocrisy coming from a drunken tramp whose husband is a philandering rapist. The polyester pariah is as rank as week-old hog slop and should absolutely be ashamed of herself,” added Otisamsonite.
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