The Daily Beast tried to pin the failure of Claire McCaskill to retain her senatorial seat on Russian meddling. Angry commenters instantly cited a number of far more mundane reasons, like her trying to court Republicans.
In this week’s midterm elections, Missouri’s incumbent Democratic Senator McCaskill lost to Republican Attorney Josh Hawley by nearly six percent, and will now depart the Senate after being there for over a decade.
The Daily Beast, an outlet famously fond of finding Russian meddling wherever possible, apparently blamed Russian hackers for her defeat, tweeting a link to its July report about an alleged Kremlin plot.
Missouri Dem Claire McCaskill, who lost to Josh Hawley tonight, was the first identified target of the Kremlin’s 2018 election interference, a Daily Beast forensic analysis revealed in July https://t.co/Jq1m0jyrTQ
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) November 7, 2018
Sure, it was the Russians. Not McCaskill’s campaign strategy, which relied on courting swing voters of the predominantly red state, with an ad assuring voters she was not “one of those crazy Democrats.” Not that her opponent was a good-looking newcomer, who unlike the previous one, didn’t claim “legitimate rape” rarely leads to pregnancy.
Well, people responding to DB’s tweed don’t seem to be buying the explanation they were offered anyway.
Or maybe it was because of her politics…? Republican-light, shunned #Progressives and takes money from special interests. Donor class tick tock.
— GetRobins (@bkrobins) November 7, 2018
Yeah,it was definitely Russia,dudes. It wasn’t at all the fact that she was proudly saying throughout the campaign how much she voted with Trump and how conservative she is.If you’re wanting a Repub & you have a choice between lite & real thing,might as well vote for the real one
— 🍞🌹🌻 is Kissinger & Dick next? (@truthhurts0409) November 8, 2018
Leave satire for Onion.
— Fox News Is Cancerous 🌹 (@andyg_live) November 8, 2018
No, I think it might of had something to do With her blaming the left contingent of her own party, and bragging about voting with Trump a majority of the time. Maybe that’s the message she shouldn’t have been sending.
— Rudy Sandoval (@sandovalrudy922) November 8, 2018
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