Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNo Hillary — the 'Third Way' is the wrong way The dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat MORE on Tuesday said "civility can start again" in the United States only if Democrats win back the House or the Senate in November's midterm elections.
Clinton, who made the comments in an interview with CNN, added that "you cannot be civil with" the Republican Party because it "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 that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength," Clinton said.
“And you heard how the Republican members, led by [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 WATCH: The Hill recaps the top stories of the week Effort to overhaul archaic election law wins new momentum MORE [(R-Ky.)], the president, really demeaned the confirmation process, insulted and attacked not only Dr. Ford but women who were speaking out," she continued.
Clinton was referencing the confirmation process of Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSupreme Court sides with murder defendant in major evidentiary ruling Ossoff and Collins clash over her past support for voting rights legislation Supreme Court rejects Trump's bid to shield records from Jan. 6 committee MORE, which was upended by sexual misconduct accusations made by three women, including Christine Blasey Ford. Kavanaugh, who denied the allegations, was sworn in on Saturday following a 50-48 confirmation vote.
Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, also said that the Republicans have "put a lot of time, money, and effort in promoting" lies and falsehoods.
"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, it's — you can be civil, but you can't overcome what they intend to do unless you win elections," she added.
Clinton was also asked whether Democrats should work to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE. She said "that will be left to others to decide."