Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blasted former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton Tuesday for calling Democrats to abandon civility with Republicans, indicating that her call for anarchy and disorder is nothing less than a promotion of gang mentality.
From the United States Senate floor, the Republican leader pointed out the former secretary of state’s inflammatory battle cry to fellow Democrats earlier in the day.
“The far-left mob is not letting up,” McConnell warned colleagues in the nation’s capital, according to Townhall. “Earlier today, former Secretary of State Clinton sent this signal as clear as today. This is Secretary Clinton. She told CNN exactly how she views millions of Americans who hold different political views from her own.”
Inciting chaos in D.C.
McConnell went on to quote Clinton in her latest attempt to gain new support with the midterms coming up next month – and with the 2020 presidential election just two years off.
McConnell sharply criticized Clinton for her unprofessional and immature incitement of rebellion to usurp the democratic process in a republic that was founded centuries ago on principles of civility and of parties working together to reach goals for the better good.
“No peace until they get their way?” he asked his fellow senators. “More of these unhinged tactics?”
The outspoken GOP leader then vowed that his party will not succumb to Clinton’s intimidation tactics.
“Apparently, this is the left’s rallying cry, but fortunately, the American people know that the fact-free politics of hate, fear and intimidation are not how we actually govern in our democratic republic,” McConnell continued. “The Senate and the nation will not be intimidated.”
Two fairly recent act of incivility were brought up by the conservative media.
"Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was chased out of a restaurant by protestors over his support of Kavanaugh. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), a key vote in the process, faced ugly threats over her decision," Townhall's Lauretta Brown recounted. "Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), who was shot at a Congressional baseball game practice last year by a man targeting GOP congressmen, joined in McConnell’s condemnation of Clinton’s rhetoric."
Still attacking Kavanaugh
While speaking with CNN – often dubbed as the “fake news” network by President Donald Trump – Clinton turned the focus of her attack on beleaguered and newly confirmed U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“Clinton said that Senate Republicans under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.), ‘demeaned the confirmation process’ and ‘insulted and attacked’ Christine Blasey Ford – who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about a sexual assault she alleges Kavanaugh committed in 1982 – along with other ‘women who were speaking out,’" USA Today reported.
The top foreign diplomat under the first Obama administration said the way Kavanaugh’s confirmation was handled made her recall other “injustices” she witnessed on the political scene in the not-too-distant past.
“[I compare the handling of Kavanaugh's confirmation to] Republican operatives shutting down the voting in 2000, [the] swift-boating of John Kerry, [attacks on former Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the 2000 Republican primary and] what they did to me for 25 years," Clinton told CNN’s Amanpour. "When you're dealing with an ideological party that is driven by the lust for power – that is funded by corporate interests who want a government that does its bidding – you can be civil, but you can't overcome what they intend to do unless you win elections."
Not mentioning the numerous sexual assault allegations made against her husband over the past several decades, Clinton insisted that Kavanaugh’s confirmation is a blemish on the reputation of the Supreme Court.
“[Kavanaugh's swearing-in ceremony at the White House on Monday resembled] a political rally that further undermined the image and integrity of the court,’" Clinton continued in her CNN interview. “[The effect on the court] troubles and saddens me because our judicial system has been viewed as one of the main pillars of our constitutional government,"
She then turned her attack toward Trump on the left-leaning cable news network.
"But the president's been true to form,” the former New York senator insisted. “He has insulted, attacked, demeaned women throughout the campaign – really for many years leading up to the campaign – and he's continued to do that inside the White House."
Unflinchingly, Clinton proceeded to bring her husband, former President Bill Clinton, into the conversation while still speaking about the mistreatment of women.
“[After Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Bill told me that ‘Democrats have to be tougher,” the prospective 2020 Democratic presidential candidate inserted. "Bill had to be incredibly strong – first to get elected, then to get re-elected and to survive – and it was not easy by any means, obviously."
While speaking to the Senate Tuesday, McConnell said that Democrats’ out-of-control behavior is not only witnessed through Clinton and other Democratic leaders, but through ultra-left organizations who are now devising plans to impeach Kavanaugh – just days after he survived weeks of character assassination at the hands of Senate Democrats with their multiple sexual assault allegations.
“But the madness hasn’t stopped – they are already signaling that even more drastic steps may be necessary now that Justice Kavanaugh is on the court,” McConnell informed his colleagues in Washington, D.C. "One far-left pressure group is already trying to circulate petitions that Justice Kavanaugh should be impeached.”
Dem colleague rips Hillary for remarks
Fellow Democrat, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), discounted Clinton’s comments on abandoning civility with Republicans as being nothing short of outrageous.
"That's ridiculous," Heitkamp told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Anderson Cooper 360, according to CNN." "I mean, I can't imagine how you get anything done if you don't bring civility back into politics – and that goes for both sides."
The Democratic senator then turned things around to focus attention on Kavanaugh, who she wanted to keep of SCOTUS’s bench.
"I hope that we can find common ground in this country that sexual assault is more prominent than people thought it was," Heitkamp told Cooper.
Even though she disagreed with Clinton’s comments, Heitkamp stood with her on pressing the issue of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, believing that the allegations should have blocked his confirmation.
“Like all other Senate Democrats except Joe Manchin of West Virginia – who is also locked in a tight re-election battle in a state that President Donald Trump won in 2016 – Heitkamp voted against confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct, including Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations,” CNN”s Paul LeBlanc pointed out.
But in the historically red state of North Dakota, Heitkamp’s strong stand against the confirmation of the conservative judge could jeopardize her ability to hold onto her Senate seat after next month’s midterms.
“While Heitkamp stands by her decision, her opposition to Kavanaugh may not help her re-election bid in North Dakota,” LeBlanc added. “Recent polls show Heitkamp down by double digits to her Republican challenger, Rep. Kevin Cramer.”
On the campaign trail, Cramer – who supported Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS confirmation – criticized Heitkamp for joining Democrats and standing behind their smear campaign of the Trump-appointed conservative judge … and he went on to discount the #MeToo movement at large.
"They cannot understand this movement toward victimization," Cramer said – referring to women in his family – during an interview with The New York Times Monday. "They are pioneers of the prairie. These are tough people whose grandparents were tough and great-grandparents were tough."
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