In an interview with MSNBC's Kasie Hunt that aired Sunday night on the network, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) reacted to a campaign commercial from her opponent which quotes Hillary Clinton calling states that voted for Donald Trump "backward." Trump won Missouri. McCaskill said her comments were not helpful and she should "be more careful" and "show respect."
"For those of us that are in states that Trump won we would really appreciate if she would be more careful and show respect to every American voter and not just the ones who voted for her," the incumbent Senator said.
KASIE HUNT, MSNBC: [Hillary Clinton] said, 'I won all the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic and moving forward. (Note: She said states that voted for Trump were "looking backward.") Were these comments from Hillary Clinton helpful to you?
SEN. CLAIRE McCASKILL (D-MISSOURI): No, probably not. I understand the point she was trying to make but it felt like she was criticizing Missouri voters. You talk about drawing a line, I would draw a line there. I have great respect for Missouri voters. And there are a lot of reasons they voted for Donald Trump. Some of which I completely understand. I mean, frustration is a powerful motivator. And if you've played by the rules and worked hard all your life and you're further behind this year than you were 10 years ago no wonder you want something completely different. So I get that.
So, no, it wasn't helpful. I thought it was wrong how she put it. I think it is certainly being taken out of context, which she knows things you say are taken out of context. (Context)
For those of us that are in states that Trump won we would really appreciate if she would be more careful and show respect to every American voter and not just the ones who voted for her.