DES MOINES — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill took aim at Republicans Donald Trump and Chuck Grassley, telling Iowans on Tuesday neither one measures up to their female Democratic opponents in their 2016 political races.
McCaskill said the only thing surprising about the recording made public last week of Trump making vulgar comments on women is that it finally appeared to be a “tipping point” for many who had repeatedly given him a pass on remarks offensive to women, minorities, Gold Star military families, ex-POWs and others.
“The tape is horrific. It’s disqualifying. It should in fact immediately hand this election to Hillary Clinton,” McCaskill told a rally of Clinton supporters at a downtown plaza.
The Missouri Democrat said she never thought she would see an “R-rated” presidential campaign like the one Trump is running and she dismissed his denials that his comments on the Access Hollywood video were “locker room” talk rather than sexually predatory remarks.
“Calling this locker room talk is a disservice to every athlete in America,” she said.
McCaskill also dismissed Trump’s attempt to deflect criticism of himself by pointing to former President Bill Clinton’s infidelities and claiming a double standard is at play by a sympathetic media protecting the Clintons.
“That wasn’t Hillary Clinton. Do you know what Hillary Clinton did? She stayed true to her marriage vows, for better or worse, and she stayed married. That is what I think we want people to do when they make a vow in front of God,” the senator said.
McCaskill said she suspects evangelical Iowans and Iowa GOP Sens. Joni Ernst and Grassley are struggling with their continued backing of Trump when many of their Senate colleagues — especially female senators — who have disavowed him and withdrew their support.
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Speaking at a fundraiser for Democrat Patty Judge’s campaign to unseat Grassley, McCaskill said there will be an asterisk by Grassley’s name in history books as the first Senate Judiciary Committee chairman to block confirmation hearings on a U.S. Supreme Court nominee for partisan reasons.
“Chuck Grassley has been hijacked by Mitch McConnell and a band of political obstructionists who think the goal here is to win elections and not get things done,” she said. “Shame on them for waving the Constitution and refusing to read it about the duties of the United States Senate.”