McCaskill to Clinton: You Need to Show More Respect to All Americans

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Posted: Mar 26, 2018 7:30 AM
McCaskill to Clinton: You Need to Show More Respect to All Americans

Hillary Clinton’s comments earlier this month disparaging Americans who voted for President Trump aren’t sitting well with some Democrats.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), is the latest Democratic lawmaker to speak out against what the former Democratic presidential candidate said in India.

"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," McCaskill told MSNBC's Kasie Hunt in an interview Sunday. 

"I understand the point she was trying to make, but it felt like she was criticizing Missouri voters," she said. 

"I would draw a line there. I have great respect for Missouri voters, and there were a lot reasons why they voted for Donald Trump, some of them I understand," she added. 

Clinton said the places Trump won were “looking backwards” and described those voters as racists and sexists.

"If you look at the map of the United States, there's all that red in the middle where Trump won," Clinton said. "I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward. And his whole campaign, ‘Make America Great Again,’ was looking backwards," she continued. 

"You didn’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs. You don’t want, you know, to see that Indian-American succeeding more than you are. Whatever your problem is ... working for a woman now, you don't like it. Whatever the reason was, he stirred that up." 

This isn’t the first time McCaskill has criticized Clinton’s remarks.

“Those are kind of fighting words for me, because I’m partial to Missouri voters,” she said earlier this month. 

“I think they were expressing their frustration with the status quo. I may not have agreed with their choice, but I certainly respect them. And I don’t think that’s the way you should talk about any voter, especially ones in my state.” 

Trump won Missouri with 56.4 percent of the vote, compared to Clinton’s 37.9 percent.