Clinton rips complaints about civility: ‘What is more uncivil and cruel than taking children away?’

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP lawmaker defends Chelsea Clinton after confrontation over New Zealand attacks Klobuchar: Race, gender should not be litmus tests for 2020 Dem nominee Kirsten Gillibrand officially announces White House run MORE slammed the rising complaints about the lack of civility in politics, asking, "What is more uncivil and cruel than taking children away?" 

Clinton told The Guardian in an interview this week that the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that resulted in thousands of families being separated at the southern border should be met with "resolve and strength." 


"If some of that comes across as a little uncivil, well, children’s lives are at stake, their futures are at stake," Clinton said. "That is that ridiculous concept of bothsideism."

“‘Well, you know, somebody made an insulting, profane remark about President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report MORE, and he separated 2,300 children from their families, that’s both sides, and we should stop being uncivil — oh and, by the way, he should stop separating children.’ Give me a break, really,” Clinton added.

“I mean, this is a crisis of his making that will damage kids for no good reason at all, and I think everybody should be focused on that until the children are reunited.”

Trump signed an executive order last week that halted his administration's policy of dividing families at the border. However, it remains unclear how the families will be reunited, and the "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting everyone who crosses the border illegally remains.

Clinton's comments come after debates about civility in politics reemerged following the public confrontations Trump Cabinet officials faced in recent weeks, particularly when they dine out at restaurants. It reached more a intense level after Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOn The Money: Senate rejects border declaration in rebuke to Trump | Dems press Mnuchin on Trump tax returns | Waters says Wells Fargo should fire its CEO Maxine Waters says Wells Fargo should fire its CEO On The Money: Wells Fargo chief gets grilling | GOP, Pence discuss plan to defeat Dem emergency resolution | House chair sees '50-50' chance of passing Dem budget | Trump faces pressure over Boeing MORE (D-Calif.) called for the confrontations to continue.

Trump claimed that Waters was urging violent protests and that she should be careful what she wished for. Waters said on Thursday she was forced to cancel two public events this weekend because of a serious death threat, which she blamed on Trump's attacks against her. 

"As the President has continued to lie and falsely claim that I encouraged people to assault his supporters, while also offering a veiled threat that I should 'be careful', even more individuals are leaving [threatening] messages and sending hostile mail to my office," Waters said. 

Clinton said that her "worst fears" about Trump's presidency have come come true.