In a recent interview on CNN, Hillary Clinton told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview that it is impossible to “be civil” with the Republican Party. Now Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) is speaking out.
"You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about," Clinton said in the interview. "That's why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that's when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength." she continued.
"That's ridiculous," Heitkamp told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "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."
"I hope that we can find common ground in this country that sexual assault is more prevalent than people thought it was," she said.
Heitkamp’s remarks break with several of her fellow senators, including Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who encouraged activists to “get up in the face of some congresspeople.”
In the interview, Heitkamp also commented on the confirmation process of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh; she was widely criticized for voting against him. She said she was initially planning to vote for Kavanaugh before the hearing, but changed her mind after watching his testimony with the sound off.
“During the process of listening, I thought … we expect someone to have to decorum we expect someone to have to have a judicial temperament,” Heitkamp said. “I thought well maybe it’s tainted by what I heard. And so I turned off the sound and watched it with the sound off, just his opening comments. What I saw was someone who was angry, someone who was aggressive, someone who really I think challenged everyone in the room.”
“Of course he was going to be angry,” she added. “But I think there is a way to express that anger in ways that maybe can communicate anger but maintain judicial decorum.”
Heitkamp faces a tough race in November, with polls showing she is down by nearly 10 points to her GOP opponent Rep. Kevin Cramer.