Outgoing Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) may have been one of the few Democrats to lose her seat in the midterms, but she is not going out quietly.
In an expansive exit interview with CNN, the Senator bluntly revealed what her Republican colleagues have said to her in private conversations, and it’s as bad as you may have been thinking.
Acknowledging that many of her GOP fellow legislators publicly only express support for Trump out of fear of damaging their future political prospects, McCaskill explained how they really feel about the president.
“Now they’ll tell you, if it’s just the two of you, ‘The guy is nuts, he doesn’t have a grasp of the issues, he’s making rash decisions, he’s not listening to people who know the subject matter,’ ” she told CNN. “But in public if they go after him … they know they get a primary, and they know that’s tough.”
Despite leaving the Senate behind at the end of the year, the Missouri Senator retained a sense of discretion and refused to name the Republican politicians who were hiding their true feelings in their two-faced charades.
She did, however, express bewilderment at the transformation of Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) from a Trump skeptic and bosom-buddy of the president’s biggest GOP antagonist in the Senate, the late Senator John McCain, into a fawning sycophant who praises the president at every opportunity.
“I don’t know what happened with Lindsey,” McCaskill wondered aloud.
The departing Senator’s astonishment at the metamorphosis of the Republican party in the Trump era was palpable in her comments.
“This is Donald Trump’s Republican Party,” McCaskill said. “Make no mistake about it…I mean, he’s almost the master of, ‘I’m going to do so much stuff that’s crazy that nobody notices crazy anymore.'”
“I mean, Kanye West was in the Oval Office M-F*#ing on live TV,” McCaskill exclaimed. “I mean, think about that. That is crazy weird. Can you imagine would have happened if that happened during the Obama years? … The lid would have blown off this place.”
Instead, as Republican Senators admit in their private conversations to the insanity that is the Trump administration, they put on a brave face for the public and pretend they are not really terrified at what the future may bring.
At least, Senator McCaskill has the guts to let us know about the dialogue that’s really going on behind the closed doors of Congress. We just need to wait for the Republicans to start fearing the consequences of Trump’s actions more than they fear losing their next election.
You can watch a video of Senator McCaskill’s interview with CNN in the excerpt below.
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