McCaskill Shreds Trump’s Military Deployment To Border: ‘Made-For-TV Bullsh*t’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - APRIL 05: Senate Homeland Ranking Member Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) speaks during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on April 5, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) this week got frank about President Donald Trump’s decision to send troops down to the US-Mexico border, calling it “made-for-television bullshit.”

In an interview with the New Yorker, the outgoing Democrat discussed the migrant caravan Trump had used repeatedly as a talking point against immigration during election season.

“I do think that the caravan presented a problem,” McCaskill said. “It just wasn’t a problem that was presented to the American people that, somehow, we needed to have the military on the border to—what? Mow ’em down as they came across the border? Shoot ’em?”

“I mean, that was made-for-television bullshit,” she scoffed.

Trump sent 5,200 troops to the border in late October, calling the caravan “an invasion of our country.”

“Our military is waiting for you!” Trump threatened. Yet after the midterms, the troops started leaving the border before the caravan even arrived.

McCaskill begins discussing Trump’s border policy at the 16:58 mark:

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