ST. LOUIS — A video released by the website Project Veritas shows Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill telling a journalist that she supports several gun control initiatives, including gun bans. While Senator McCaskill's views on gun control are not necessarily new or hidden, they are rarely addressed in the media and several of her campaign admits on video that they actively hide her views to win moderate and some Republican votes in Missouri.
In the first exchange on the video, McCaskill talks to a reporter about gun control:
MCCASKILL: “Well if we elect enough Democrats we’ll get some gun safety stuff done. They won’t let us vote on it, we’ve got 60 votes for a number of measures that would help with gun safety, but McConnell won’t let ’em come to the floor.”
JOURNALIST: “Like bump stocks, ARs and high capacity mags?”
MCCASKILL: “Universal background checks, all of that But if we have the kind of year I think we might have I think we could actually be in a position to get votes on this stuff on the floor and we’d get 60 [votes]”
JOURNALIST: “So you would be on board with the bump stocks and high capacity mags.”
MCCASKILL: “Of course! Of course!"
Later in the video, a campaign staffer named Nicolas Starost is seen addressing volunteers, telling them how important it is for the McCaskill Campaign to distance her from Democrats during campaign season.
STAROST: “Because of how like, cause he’s a very liberal candidate. And like Claire distancing herself from the party is gonna help her win more votes than it will saying like: “Oh here’s Obama, the former President of the United States, to now speak on my behalf.” Which is unfortunate because I love Obama to pieces, and I’d love to see him come here.”
JOURNALIST: “And they essentially have the same views on everything?”
STAROST: “Yeah. People just can’t know that.”
Project Veritas also claims that the video includes another staffer talking about plans to impeach President Trump after the election, insinuating that the staffer, Glen Winfrey has established that there is a plan in place of which Senator McCaskill may be involved, that may include withholding certain information until after the November 6 election.
JOURNALIST: “So, here’s the real question, Claire holds off on impeachment to get the moderate. What do we tell the moderates when we drop the impeachment hammer afterward?”
WINFREY: “Get over it. It was a national security question. That information was confidential, and she did her duty by not revealing the information until afterward.”