As official Washington continues to parse and dissect the meaning of President Donald Trump‘s Tuesday night’s speech to a joint session of Congress, Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) closed out Morning Joe with their takes on what it all meant.
“There is a low bar here,” said McCaskill bluntly noting that Trump’s sustained coherency was above most pundits’ expectations. McCaskill, however, spoke approvingly of Trump’s proposed ideas for paid family leave and federal infrastructure projects.
Still, the conservative Missouri Democrat hammered the president citing what she called his, “death struggle with the truth,” adding later that he had “told countless lies to the American people.”
Both McCaskill and Manchin decried the lack of a viable Republican alternative for the Affordable Care Act and pleaded on-air for reforming the current law rather than an outright repeal. McCaskill said current Republican plans were “a pretzel that is not going to twist.”
Missouri and West Virginia went handily for Trump in the 2016 Presidential campaign, so any daylight between the two Democratic Senators and the 45th President will likely carry substantial risks for their political futures. McCaskill will no doubt have her own pretzels to twist as her 2018 reelection campaign approaches.
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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