The Republican governor has been vocal about the need for more civility in today’s political landscape — even before he was sworn in as governor in January 2021. During the 2020 election, when Trump and Joe Biden were battling head-to-head, Cox and his Democratic opponent, Chris Peterson, received national attention for appearing together in a public service announcement promoting civility in politics, saying Utah can set an example for the rest of the country in a divisive election year. Cox and Peterson also produced messages encouraging Utahns to accept the outcome of the presidential election as Trump expressed reluctance to commit to a peaceful transfer of power amid his reelection bid. And Cox continued that messaging as governor. During his inauguration speech, he issued a call to action to Utahns to practice more “civic charity” in their political debates.