McCaskill: GOP senators privately say Trump is ‘nuts’

Outgoing Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillTrump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand Feds allow campaigns to accept discounted cybersecurity services GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries MORE (D-Mo.) did not hold back when giving a scathing assessment of the Republican Party and President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE, saying GOP senators privately say Trump is “nuts.”

McCaskill in November lost her reelection bid to Republican Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyAmazon offering shoppers to track websites they visit Critics slam billion Facebook fine as weak Exclusive: Hawley targets higher ed monopolies with new legislation MORE and will be leaving Washington in less than two weeks.

In an exit interview with CNN, she said when she speaks privately with Republican senators they tell her how they really feel about Trump.

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"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 [challenger], and they know that's tough."

While McCaskill declined to name any specific senators, she did mention Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Memo: Toxic 2020 is unavoidable conclusion from Trump tweets GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE (R-S.C.), saying, “I don’t know what happened with Lindsey.”

Graham has aligned himself with Trump on many issues but has recently rebuked the president on his handling of foreign diplomacy decisions, including Trump’s move to pull U.S. troops from Syria.

However, McCaskill acknowledged that the GOP has largely molded itself around Trump.

"This is Donald Trump's Republican Party," McCaskill said. "Make no mistake about it."

Hawley beat McCaskill in Missouri soundly after getting supported and endorsed by Trump. Hawley was the state’s attorney general and filed a lawsuit with other state attorneys general seeking to overturn ObamaCare.

McCaskill, who served two terms in the Senate, has not been shy about speaking her mind in her last few weeks.

She said Trump has done so many things out of the ordinary, that no realizes how crazy some of the actions are anymore.

"I mean, Kanye West was in the Oval Office M-F---ing on live TV," McCaskill said. "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."

McCaskill also gave her opinion of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA —Biden unveils health care plan | Proposal pitches subsidies, public option | Biden vows if you like your health insurance, 'you can keep it' | Sanders protests planned Philadelphia hospital closure MORE (R-Ky.), calling him "a very, very political leader."

"This isn't somebody who is sitting around at night figuring out how he can move the needle on really important policy issues," she claimed. "This is someone who is figuring out how he can win elections, beat Dems like me make sure that Republicans like Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerBottom Line Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 jitters hit both parties in the Senate MORE (Colo.) and Thom Tilllis (N.C.) can hold onto their jobs a few years from now."

-Updated 5:11 p.m.