Who precisely are the “crazy Democrats” who Claire McCaskill disavowed in her recent campaign ad? Surprisingly, McCaskill was willing to name a few of her fellow Democrats when speaking with Fox News anchor Bret Baier last night — at least those in Missouri. When Baier pressed McCaskill on whether any such “crazy Democrats” already had seats in the US Senate, she nearly demurred … but not before coming up with a couple of dishonorable mentions:
When Baier asked if McCaskill had any “crazy” colleagues in the Senate, McCaskill referenced Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, considered a potential 2020 presidential contender.
“Well, I would say this,” McCaskill replied. “I would not call my colleagues crazy, but Elizabeth Warren sure went after me when I advocated tooling back some of the regulations for small banks and credit unions.”
McCaskill went on to float Sanders’ name, although she didn’t specify exactly why: “I certainly disagree with Bernie Sanders on a bunch of stuff, um, so I’m not afraid. So I don’t know those kinds of things which do separate me, I think, from some of the knee-jerk folks that just are against the president no matter what.”
McCaskill seems a little concerned about getting painted with the populist-socialist brush these days, eh? Well, at least while she’s campaigning. McCaskill told Baier that she doesn’t get up in the morning looking for ways to oppose Donald Trump, unlike Warren, Sanders, and presumably everyone else to the left of Joe Manchin in the US Senate these days.
Maybe not, Baier points out, but she only voted with Donald Trump 45% of the time — compared to 80% with Chuck Schumer and over 60% with the nearly-crazy Warren and Sanders. She also voted against both Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, Baier points out. McCaskill never explains her vote against Gorsuch, and she claims her no on Kavanaugh was because of a campaign-finance ruling. McCaskill never explains how Kavanaugh got the law wrong; she just objects to the policy. Gee, if only there was a branch of government that could craft policy …
Still, McCaskill wanted to make sure Missourians know that she stands with Trump on one policy — immigration and the caravans:
“I think the president has to use every tool he has at his disposal,” she said. “And I –100 percent — back him up on that. Whether it is turning them back because we are not equipped to handle that many asylum claims into our system — and by the way that’s one of the issues here. … When somebody comes across the border and they ask us for asylum. The law says we need to hear him, but we’re waiting way too long to hear it. We need to hear him right away. So I do not want our borders overrun. And I support the president’s efforts to make sure they’re not.”
For now, it’s 100%. After the election, it’ll go back to 45%.