Heitkamp rips Clinton for saying Dems can't be civil with Republicans: 'That's ridiculous'

Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn Heitkamp70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents Susan Collins set to play pivotal role in impeachment drama Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA MORE (D-N.D.) on Tuesday ripped Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE for saying that Democrats couldn’t be civil with Republicans.

“That’s ridiculous,” Heitkamp said on “Anderson Cooper 360.” “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.”

ADVERTISEMENTHeitkamp went on to add that she hopes “we can find common ground in this country — that sexual assault is more prevalent than what people thought it was.” The comments came just days after Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughGOP senators urge Trump to back off Murkowski threat Judd Gregg: A government in free fall The 7 most anticipated Supreme Court decisions MORE was confirmed to the high court after a highly contentious process in which he was accused of sexual misconduct by several women. Kavanaugh fiercely denied all of the accusation.  Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee for president, said on Tuesday that Republicans such as President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote GOP senator to try to reverse requirement that Pentagon remove Confederate names from bases No, ‘blue states’ do not bail out ‘red states’ MORE (R-Ky.) “demeaned the confirmation process.”  She also added that civility could only start again if Democrats retook control of Congress. “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,” Clinton said. National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Dana Loesch applauded Heitkamp’s rebuke of Clinton’s comments, saying that she’s “glad someone within the party is saying this.”  

 Heitkamp, who is facing a tough reelection bid this November in a state Trump won, last week said that she would vote against Kavanaugh despite polls showing support for the judge’s confirmation. She said on Monday that she was prepared to vote in Kavanaugh’s favor until watching him testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding a claim he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford at a high school party in the 1980s. 

“I saw somebody who was very angry, who was very nervous, and I saw rage that a lot of people said, ‘Well of course you’re going to see rage he’s being falsely accused,’ but it is at all times you’re to acquit yourself with a demeanor that’s becoming of the court,” Heitkamp said. 

A poll released by Fox News earlier this month shows Heitkamp is trailing Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) by 12 points. 

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