Clinton: You can't be civil with a party that wants to destroy what you stand for
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it Harris adds key Clinton aide, women of color to 2020 campaign: report Democrats more likely Trump's foil, than to foil Trump 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."

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"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 McConnellFox News has covered Ocasio-Cortez more than any 2020 Dem besides Warren: analysis Durbin after reading Green New Deal: 'What in the heck is this?' Dems think they're beating Trump in emergency declaration battle 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 KavanaughSmollett saga shows it's no mistake when media target conservatives Supreme Court clamps down on 'excessive fines' by states The 10 GOP senators who may break with Trump on emergency 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 John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE. She said "that will be left to others to decide."