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 ClintonSanders thanks Iowa voters for giving momentum to progressive agenda Manchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia Arizona newspaper backs Democrat in dead heat Senate race 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 McConnellEx-lawmaker urges Americans to publicly confront officials Manchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia Democrats slide in battle for Senate 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 KavanaughEx-lawmaker urges Americans to publicly confront officials Pastor tears into Evangelicals for supporting Trump due to abortion stance Manchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia 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 TrumpFive takeaways from Gillum and DeSantis’s first debate GOP warns economy will tank if Dems win Gorbachev calls Trump's withdrawal from arms treaty 'a mistake' MORE. She said "that will be left to others to decide."