McCaskill: Lindsey Graham 'has lost his mind'

Former Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillEx-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity Ocasio-Cortez blasts NYT editor for suggesting Tlaib, Omar aren't representative of Midwest Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand MORE (D-Mo.) remarked Wednesday that Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWe've lost sight of the real scandal The Hill's Morning Report - What is Trump's next move on Iran? The Memo: Times correction gives GOP lifeline in latest Kavanaugh controversy MORE (R-S.C.) is no longer "the man I served shoulder to shoulder with" in the upper chamber.

"Lindsey Graham has lost his mind. I don't even understand what has happened," McCaskill said on MSNBC, where she has served as a political analyst after leaving office last month.

The former Democratic lawmaker made the comment in reference to Graham's support for President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE's potential use of a national emergency declaration to build a wall along the southern border.

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McCaskill added on MSNBC that Graham, a staunch ally of Trump, is no longer "the man I served shoulder to shoulder with for so many years."

"I really don't understand. It must have something to do with how he views the president," she said.

Graham, a former 2016 GOP presidential rival to Trump, has supported Trump on many issues since he took office, but has also criticized the president over key moves, including Trump's abrupt decision in December to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

A number of prominent Republicans have recently urged Trump not to declare a national emergency to build a wall along the southern border, but Graham has said the GOP should get behind Trump on the issue.

McCaskill on Wednesday also pointed to Trump's recent criticism of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCain The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Biden's debate performance renews questions of health At debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR MORE (R-Ariz.), who was a close friend of Graham's. Trump on Tuesday reportedly said McCain "wrote a book and the book bombed," apparently referring to McCain’s 2018 book, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations.”

McCaskill said she couldn't understand why Graham didn't throw a "haymaker in defense" of McCain.

“Frankly, the notion that this president was insulting John McCain yesterday and Lindsey Graham is standing tall for him, I do not understand why Lindsey Graham is not throwing a haymaker in defense of John McCain towards this president," she said.