Liberal Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, took heat in her 2012 election for not paying $320,000 in back taxes on a $2 million private plane that she owned with her husband. So it’s rather strange that a townhall this week she told her constituents that private planes are something “that normal people can afford.”
On Monday, my colleague Philip Wegmann reported on the turbulence McCaskill flew into during a townhall over the weekend: “When a constituent noted that affordable air travel and the American dream are intertwined, McCaskill replied ‘Will you remind that when they come after me about my husband’s private plane? That normal people can afford it.'”
McCaskill’s bizarre belief that “normal people” can afford private planes could keep her campaign stalled on the tarmac. In a state that preferred President Trump to Hillary Clinton by nearly 20 points, the senator’s personal wealth was already driving Republicans to attack her for being out of touch with working class Missourians.
Now, those efforts are really taking off in the wake of McCaskill’s latest statement.
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