McCaskill: GOP senators privately say Trump is ‘nuts’

Outgoing Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillGinsburg health scare raises prospect of election year Supreme Court battle MSNBC's McCaskill: Trump used 'his fat thumbs' to try to intimidate Yovanovitch GOP senator rips into Pelosi at Trump rally: 'It must suck to be that dumb' MORE (D-Mo.) did not hold back when giving a scathing assessment of the Republican Party and President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE, saying GOP senators privately say Trump is “nuts.”

McCaskill in November lost her reelection bid to Republican Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyLawsuits pose new challenge for TikTok Tech finds surprise ally in Trump amid high-stakes tax fight TikTok's leader to meet with lawmakers next week 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 GrahamGraham expects Horowitz investigation to show evidence was manipulated, withheld Trump's exceptionalism: No president has so disrespected our exceptional institutions Trump, GOP shift focus from alleged surveillance abuse to Durham Russia probe 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 McConnellKey House and Senate health leaders reach deal to stop surprise medical bills Biden: 'No party should have too much power' Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill 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 GardnerHere are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump GOP senators unveil bill to expand 'opportunity zone' reporting requirements Overnight Health Care: House to vote next week on drug prices bill | Conway says Trump trying to find 'balance' on youth vaping | US spent trillion on hospitals in 2018 MORE (Colo.) and Thom Tilllis (N.C.) can hold onto their jobs a few years from now."

-Updated 5:11 p.m.