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McCaskill: GOP senators privately say Trump is ‘nuts’

Outgoing Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) did not hold back when giving a scathing assessment of the Republican Party and President Trump, saying GOP senators privately say Trump is “nuts.”

McCaskill in November lost her reelection bid to Republican Josh Hawley 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.

{mosads}”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 Graham (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 McConnell (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 Gardner (Colo.) and Thom Tilllis (N.C.) can hold onto their jobs a few years from now.”

-Updated 5:11 p.m.

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