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

 Republican Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanMcCarthy, allies retaliate against Freedom Caucus leader Republicans request update on investigation into ex-FBI official accused of leaks GOP lawmakers rip Dems for calling Cohen to testify MORE (Ohio) on Tuesday sidestepped a question over civility in politics, particularly when it comes to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values 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 WatersBuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president New progressive sheriffs in town ready to fight for Main Street On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction 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