Earlier this week at a student forum at Missouri State University in Springfield, Claire McCaskill declared herself in full support of statehood for DC, saying “they’re paying all the taxes” and “they have no vote for President”:
“Do you support Puerto Rico becoming a state? I would be fine with Puerto Rico becoming a state, but I’d rather see the District of Columbia become a state first. It’s really unfair to the people that live in the District of Columbia that they have no vote for President, that they don’t have representation in Congress. They’re paying all the taxes. And Puerto Rico, while I certainly see that it’s–Hawaii’s not in the mainland and it’s a state–I’d like us to prioritize D.C. first, but I have no opposition to Puerto Rico becoming a state.”
While McCaskill claims that the people of DC “have no vote for President,” a quick fact check shows that this is absolutely false. The Twenty-Third Amendment of the U.S. Constitution passed in 1961 allocates the district the same number of electoral votes as that of the least populous state in presidential elections.
McCaskill’s love of DC should come as no surprise: She owns a $2.7 million luxury DC condo a new development described as “D.C.’s Destination for the One Percent.” If the out of touch McCaskill is going to stump for her beloved Washington, D.C. while visiting Missouri, she may want to re-read the Constitution to get her facts straight.