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

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' The problem with Trump's Middle East peace plan Trump's Intel moves spark Democratic fury 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 TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll 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 WatersMaxine Waters: Gang members have 'more integrity' than 'street player' Trump Maxine Waters blasts Trump as 'mafia boss' over Stone case Democrats highlight lack of diversity at major banks in new report 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.