U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel was booed by a live MSNBC audience at Ole Miss on Friday morning after he said African-American Mississippians should stop “begging for federal government scraps.”
Republican McDaniel and other Senate candidates were interviewed on the “Morning Joe” show from its live broadcast in Mississippi. Interview panelist Eddie Glaude Jr., a Moss Point native and chairman of African-American studies at Princeton University, asked McDaniel about his support for the controversial state flag, comments about hip-hop music contributing to gun violence and praise of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Glaude asked McDaniel how he would speak to Mississippi’s 38 percent of African-Americans and how he would convince them “you are not a danger to them.”
McDaniel responded: “I am going to ask them, after 100 years, after 100 years of relying on big government to save you, where are you today? After 100 years of begging for federal government scraps, where are you today?”
After the audience booed the comments, McDaniel quickly said: “I mean the state of Mississippi. I’m talking about the state of Mississippi … To your question, the candidate I am is the candidate that wants to expand your liberty … break out of old ways.”
After the show, McDaniel in a message to the Clarion Ledger, said: “It was an 11-minute segment. And that one sentence is your primary focus? I easily clarified my position — that is, Mississippi being the dead last state of the Union in terms of wealth and economic prosperity, based on outdated economic models.”
McDaniel also said afterward, as he did during the TV segment, that he was citing a college study on the link between hip-hop and violence.
McDaniel faces appointed Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, former U.S. Rep. Mike Espy and military veteran Democrat Tobey Bartee in a Nov. 6 special election to fill out the remaining two years of longtime Sen. Thad Cochran’s term.
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