House Majority Whip Steve Scalise on Tuesday mocked Hillary Clinton for claiming that Republicans are unable to be civil, and that civility cannot return to Congress until they are defeated.

"You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about," Clinton said on CNN. "That's why I believe if we 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 added.

In response, Scalise tweeted, "Seriously, Hillary?"

Many Republicans have argued that it's the Democrats who have encouraged uncivil and even violent protests against President Trump's Supreme Court pick, Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Scalise has been calling for a more civil political discussion between the two parties ever since he was shot at a practice for a charity baseball game in 2017, an event that nearly took his life.

In a Fox News op-ed, Scalise said there is "no place for violence in politics."

"Let me be clear: there is absolutely no place for violence or threats in our political discourse," he said. "We need a higher level of civility in our political debate. And it starts with us."