Republican Rep. Jim Jordan ducks question over Trump’s civility

 Republican Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel Jordan58 percent say Jan. 6 House committee is biased: poll Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy Jordan acknowledges talking to Trump on Jan. 6 MORE (Ohio) on Tuesday sidestepped a question over civility in politics, particularly when it comes to President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE.

In an interview with Hill.TV’s “Rising,” Jordan emphasized Trump’s accomplishments instead of addressing the president’s civility.

“I mean taxes are down, regulation is down, the economy is growing, unemployment is at its lowest in 20 years … by anyone’s definition that is an amazing year-and-a-half, Jordan said.

When pressed by co-host Krystal Ball on whether Trump has been civil, Jordan acknowledged the importance of civility while arguing that Trump has shown a willingness to collaborate.

“We should be civil, we should work together. I think the president has been willing to do that,” the congressman told the program.

Jordan’s comments come amid a national debate over the presence of civility in politics after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was refused service at a restaurant in Virginia over the weekend.

Sanders took to Twitter to complain about the incident, which resulted in a social media firestorm, while President Trump attacked the restaurant on Twitter, criticizing its "fifthly" exterior.

Other restaurants with similar names have had to distance themselves from the establishment in Virginia after getting blamed for kicking Sanders out of the restaurant.

The Washington Post’s editorial board also advocated on behalf of Sanders, citing a lack of common decency in society and saying that the Trump team should be allowed to “eat in peace.” 

But some lawmakers, like Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore Waters'The Squad' celebrates Biden eviction moratorium Yellen tries to tamp down Democrats fury over evictions ban Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban MORE (D-Calif.), argued it’s what Trump officials should expect.

A day after the incident, Waters told supporters at a rally in Los Angeles to confront Trump Cabinet officials everywhere they go, prompting pushback from House leadership.

 — Tess Bonn