Last year, during the Red Hen restaurant controversy, Congressman Cline posted the following on his Twitter account:
Congressman Cummings was not the only Democrat who said that regardless of deep political differences, the Red Hen should have served Sarah Sanders.
In this case Cline was pleased to praise civility. But like virtually every other Republican in Congress, he is willing to remain silent in the face of behavior that goes far beyond incivility.
No political disagreements, no matter how profound, justify such racist and xenophobic language.
It’s easy for Cline to denounce what he considers bad behavior by Democrats. He does it all the time. The real test of courage is a willingness to denounce, when necessary, his fellow Republicans– up to and including the President of the United States.
I can find no evidence that Cline has ever dared to say a critical word about the hateful, divisive abuse that President Trump spews on a daily basis.
Please, Congressman: Until you are prepared to call out your own side, no more pious talk about “civility.”