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Sen. Claire McCaskill: In Private, Republican Lawmakers Admit Trump is ‘Nuts’

Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Missouri Democrat who was defeated in the midterm elections, is leaving Washington D.C. in a blaze of candor.

And in her latest exit remarks, in an interview with CNN, she blasted Republicans for refusing to stand up to President Donald Trump.

“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,’ ” McCaskill said. “But in public if they go after him, they know they get a primary.”

“This is a completely different Republican party,” she said. “Now, I think history will judge some of my colleagues harshly that they didn’t stand up to this President at some of the moments where he has been unhinged about particularly the rule of law.”

McCaskill singled out Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, who has at times aligned with Trump: “It’s kind of weird to me, I don’t know what happened with Lindsey.”

“This is Donald Trump’s Republican Party,” she added. “Make no mistake about it.”

“I mean, he’s almost the master of, ‘I’m going to do so much stuff that’s crazy that nobody notices crazy anymore,'” she said.

The senator also recalled — with the help of expletives — the halcyon days of October, when Kanye West made a White House cameo.

“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.”

“I think Fox News Channel would have gone up in some kind of spontaneous combustion, had that happened (during the Obama years). But it happens under Trump and it’s like, well, just another day at the office. So there is a numbing that’s gone on, that some of the craziest stuff that he says and does is not as noticeable because there’s so much of it.”

Watch a portion of her interview above, via CNN.

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