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 ClintonDemocrats seek leverage for trial Davis: Trump vs. Clinton impeachments – the major differences Sharice Davids to vote for Trump impeachment articles: 'The facts are uncontested' 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 McConnellDemocrats seek leverage for trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play House Democrats to vote on flavored e-cigarettes ban next year 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 KavanaughOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Progressives hope to avoid drug-pricing showdown with Pelosi | 'Medicare for All' backers get high-profile hearing | Dems take victory lap after eliminating drug protections in trade deal Justices grapple with multibillion-dollar ObamaCare case Potential Dem defectors face pressure on impeachment 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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE. She said "that will be left to others to decide."