Three years ago today, Claire McCaskill appeared on ABC News’s “This Week” to stump for then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. McCaskill, one of the first U.S. Senators to endorse Clinton, explained that supporting Hillary in the 2016 Democratic primary was “not a hard choice”:
“This is not a hard choice, and I don’t think it will be a hard choice for America. This is a woman who is tested, who has a strong resume of accomplishments in every important job she’s had. She doesn’t need to get briefed about the complicated world we live in. The reason this is not hard is because of who she is at this point in time in our county’s history.”
McCaskill went on to be a regular surrogate for Clinton, and even defended Hillary’s now-infamous statement calling Trump supporters a racist and bigoted “basket of deplorables,” calling it “a valid point” and stating that Trump’s “message is we need to punch the Mexicans and the Muslims in the nose.” After receiving strong support and praise from McCaskill throughout her campaign, Clinton may return the favor when she will fundraise and campaign for Democratic candidates later this year.