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

 Republican Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDemocratic fury with GOP explodes in House House Judiciary split on how to address domestic extremism Connolly to GOP: I won't be lectured by those who voted to overturn the election MORE (Ohio) on Tuesday sidestepped a question over civility in politics, particularly when it comes to President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills 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 WatersHillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds Megan Thee Stallion, Maxine Waters discuss building community, education in new interview The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan 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