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

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGiuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it Sanders hits 1 million donors Democrats will not beat Trump without moderate policy ideas 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 TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it 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 WatersBipartisan housing finance reform on the road less taken Manufacturing group leads coalition to urge Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank Democrats' impeachment message leads to plenty of head-scratching 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.