Instead of offering balance, MSNBC’s Morning Joe hosts and guests laughed today at former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who mocked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for defending President Trump’s policies, including the president’s efforts to secure the southern border.
McCaskill referred to a New York Times profile Monday  portraying Graham as an opportunistic, Machiavellian “yes man” to Trump who indulges in “Fox News snack food.”
“Well, Lindsey kind of admitted it over the weekend in the New York Times article,” McCaskill said on MSNBC. “This is just about elections for him at this point, which is bitterly disappointing to me. You know I worked with him for 12 years, closely, in many instances. And it’s sad and depressing that it has come to this for Lindsey, that he wants to be relevant, that he wants to be in the orbit. I mean that article, I just had to lay down and take a nap after I read that article it was so depressing. I mean, it was just awful.”
The MSNBC panel laughed at McCaskill, who was not challenged by any hosts or guests for going after both Graham and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for their support for the president in the face of House Democrats seeking to roll back congressional provisions to declare national emergencies.
“But we know that about Mitch McConnell,” McCaskill said. “Lindsay has been somebody who has have stood up from time to time when it has been politically difficult. No more. That’s gone. And frankly, I think it will be gone for a lot of the ‘phony’ constitutional conservatives in the Senate that will just follow blindly down this rabbit hole, which is going to lead to something that they are going to hate when there’s a Democrat in the Oval Office.”
In his article, New York Times writer Mark Leibovich wrote Graham’s support of the president is “jarring,” and said that Graham couldn’t be motivated by love of country: “Graham’s rush to Trump’s side is particularly baffling because not long ago, he was best known for his bipartisan deal-making on issues like climate change and immigration. He subscribed, at least theoretically, to the country-over-party credo of his departed Senate co-conspirator John McCain.”