Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is on her way out of the Senate after she lost her re-election bid, but not before she blamed the Democrat party’s handling of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings for playing a role in her defeat.
During the chaotic confirmation hearings of Kavanaugh between sexual misconduct allegations, hundreds of people protesting, and the Democrat party hammering Kavanaugh in an effort to shove him out, McCaskill voted “no” on the then-nominee.
Now that Kavanaugh sits on the highest court in the land and the Democrat is about to lose her seat in the Senate, she’s pointing fingers at her own party.
In a recent NPR interview, the senator said she doesn’t believe her vote against Kavanaugh was the cause of her loss during the 2018 midterm elections but admitted the Democrats handling was the problem.
“I don’t think my vote [against Kavanaugh] hurt me as much as the spectacle that occurred,” McCaskill told NPR. “There were mistakes made by my party in terms of how that was handled.”
One of the most outspoken senators during Kavanaugh’s hearings was Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who reiterated his support for the then-nominee and unleashed on his Democrat colleagues’ handling of the hearings.
“Boy, you all want power. God, I hope you never get it,” Graham barked at his Democrat colleges during a hearing in defense of Kavanaugh, calling their handling a “sham.”
McCaskill, who has served as senator for Missouri since 2007, also noted in the NPR interview that she believes the Democrat party within the Senate needs more moderates, adding that Democrats have become unwilling to compromise.
In Missouri, a state that’s shown to vote for Republican candidates in past presidential elections — President Donald Trump received 56.4 percent of the votes. — McCaskill was defeated by Republican Josh Hawley, who won with 51.5 percent of the votes.