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Claire McCaskill Thinks ‘Normal People’ Can Afford Private Planes

The Democratic senator from Missouri is catching heat for her elitist comments.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) apparently thinks that “normal people” can afford air travel, given her comments at a recent town hall.

One constituent asked McCaskill about transportation issues, discussing the cheap cost of air travel.

“Will you remind [people of] that when they come after me about my husband’s plane – that normal people can afford it?” McCaskill joked.

The comment elicits images of deeply unpopular presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who spent 2016 jetting around the country, trying to connect with ‘everyday Americans.’

The Washington Examiner highlighted criticism that McCaskill has faced over her private jet, blaming her husband for the problems:

Republicans won’t let voters forget that the senator was forced to pay$300,000 in state property taxes on her private plane. The electorate will be reminded about the fact that their senator had to repay $88,000 to the Department of Treasury for her fuel and pilot fees.

McCaskill flew straight into that controversy right before her 2012 election. She only survived what she described as a “big, serious, sloppy mistake” by shifting the blame to her wealthy husband, St. Louis businessman Joe Shepard.

“I have convinced my husband to sell the damn plane,” McCaskill famously said. “I will never set foot on the plane again.” Politico reported at the time that McCaskill later sold “the damn plane” at a loss of more than $200,000.