Once upon a time, former Missouri senator Claire McCaskill was thought of as a moderate. But like many other Democrats, she seems to have gone around the bend to demonize people on the right. Perhaps it’s being a contributor on MSNBC, that she feels she has to play to their base, who are tend to be the more rabid liberals.
But her comments about red states to MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace were completely unhinged. They were talking about the Supreme Court and McCaskill claimed that “everybody but [John] Roberts is in the tank for the right-wing, extreme views, and I think this vigilantism is going to catch on.”
Huh? What vigilantism? Do you mean the Antifa folks setting fire to buildings and attacking police? Then she went over the slide.
Former politician @clairecmc: “Vigilanteism is going to catch on. What is going to happen next, Red States are going to do vigilanteism laws on immigration. And they're going empower citizens to go out, and round up people that look like foreigners. That’s what we're coming to" pic.twitter.com/PyWgO91SOg
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 13, 2021
“I’ll tell you what’s going to happen next, Nicolle,” McCaskill said. “These red states are going to do vigilantism laws on immigration, and they’re going to empower citizens to go out and round up people that they think look like foreigners. And that’s what we are coming to in this country. It is incredibly depressing.”
That sounds completely insane take. There isn’t anything that even suggests any state is thinking of any such thing. This is truly troubling when a former senator just makes up things like this. “That’s what this is coming to.” Please produce receipts.
By the way, what does a “foreigner” look like, Claire? That sounds kind of racist. How does someone who says things like this manage to get elected? These kinds of thoughts might explain one of the reasons she’s no longer in office and why she lost to Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO). And here’s a thought — how about the Biden Administration start doing their job at the border and stopping the crushing illegal immigration so you don’t have the huge problem?
McCaskill explained further that this insane conspiracy theory is one of the reasons they need to make changes to the Supreme Court.
Wallace asked whether it was time for Democrats to “rethink their fealty to norms” by packing the Supreme Court with more members and eliminating the filibuster. McCaskill responded affirmatively, saying, “Americans support term limits for everybody, including Supreme Court justices,” while adding, “There’s filibuster that must happen to carve out the ability of the Senate to deal with voting rights.”
So, she makes up some imaginary fear-mongering threat and that’s the justification why they have to violate norms? Americans don’t support packing the Court , and even Joe Biden’s Supreme Court commission said no to that desire.
Now, if MSNBC were a responsible network, they wouldn’t have on someone that would spread such nonsense. But they’re MSNBC, so we know that sanity and ethics are in short supply there.