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McCaskill Criticizes Clinton’s ‘Backwards’ Comments, But Defended ‘Deplorable’

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) appears to have a different take on Hillary Clinton's controversial comments now that it's 2018 and not 2016.

By NTK Staff | 03.15.2018 @2:00pm
McCaskill Criticizes Clinton’s ‘Backwards’ Comments, But Defended ‘Deplorable’

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) called Hillary Clinton’s comments this week, about states that voted against her in 2016, “fighting words for me,” in an interview with The Washington Post, published Tuesday.

“Those are kind of fighting words for me, because I’m partial to Missouri voters,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who is running in a state Trump won by 19 points. “I think they were expressing their frustration with the status quo. I may not have agreed with their choice, but I certainly respect them. And I don’t think that’s the way you should talk about any voter, especially ones in my state.”

Clinton’s comments, published first by NTK Network, suggested places that voted against Clinton in 2016 were “looking backwards,” while the states that supported her were “optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward.” Clinton also said that Trump voters “didn’t like black people getting rights” and “don’t like women, you know, getting jobs.”

McCaskill’s pushback this year, though, is a different take than she had on controversial Clinton comments in 2016. After Clinton called “half” of Trump’s supporters “deplorables” in September 2016, McCaskill defended the Democratic presidential nominee:

McCaskill, who was among the first to endorse Clinton for the Democratic nomination, told the Post-Dispatch that “clearly what Hillary Clinton was referring to is some of the shocking, misogynistic and bigoted comments that are made on social media by a number of Trump supporters, some of which have been retweeted by Trump’s own family.

“This isn’t real, this isn’t made up. She, I think, was wrong in casting such a wide net for the people that I think represent the worst among us, our prejudices and our bigotry that we have in this country.

“But the point she made was a valid point,” McCaskill continued. Trump “is not inspirational about how great we are in this country and how wonderful it is that we are different, and look different, that we have freedom of religion and that we should accept all people and all kinds. That is not his message. His message is we need to punch the Mexicans and the Muslims in the nose.”

There’s not much difference between Clinton 2016 and Clinton 2018, with both comments suggesting a broad disdain for many Americans. The difference for McCaskill, though, is that Clinton is no longer of political benefit to McCaskill, and McCaskill faces a tough reelection in a state Trump won in 2016.

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