A Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Mississippi wants Black people in the state to stop “begging” for scraps, the Clarion Ledger reported.
More specifically, candidate Chris McDaniel advises Black people in the Magnolia State to stop “begging for federal government scraps.”
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel was booed by a live MSNBC audience. https://t.co/h1ML93xwgD
The exchange unfolded during a televised talk that edged into touchy topics: Mississippi’s state flag that includes a Confederate emblem, whether hip-hop music contributes to gun violence and McDaniel’s praise of Confederate General Robert E. Lee as a “man of unimpeachable integrity” who “opposed slavery.”
Interviewer Eddie Glaude Jr., chairman of African-American studies at Princeton University, asked McDaniel how he would convince the Black people who make up 38 percent of the state that he is “not a danger to them.”
This did not sit well with audience members, who jumped into a rousing chorus of boos.
McDaniel came back with a quick follow-up comment.
“I mean the state of Mississippi,” he said. “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.”
In a still later message to the Clarion Ledger, McDaniel questioned the news organization’s decision to focus on one comment that was part of an 11-minute segment. He also further clarified his position, saying in the message that Mississippi is “the dead last state of the Union in terms of wealth and economic prosperity, based on outdated economic models.”