A liberal Princeton professor, Geoff Pender, and WJTV News 12 fanned the flames of racial division Friday after a panel discussion on the set of “Morning Joe” broadcast live from Oxford that centered on the US Senate special election in Mississippi.In an effort to stoke further racial division among Mississippians, Professor Eddie Glaude, Jr. asked Senator Chris McDaniel what he plans to do for the state’s black population and how he can “convince them that you are not a danger to them.”
McDaniel’s answer, which focused on promoting free markets and capitalism, has not been well received by the liberal world or the do-nothings in the Republican Establishment, where their counterattacks on McDaniel are essentially alleging that 38% of Mississippians should fear freedom and economic opportunity.
Here is how McDaniel answered the question: “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?’ We’ve been dead last for 100 years. I mean the state of Mississippi. I’m talking about the state of Mississippi. We’ve been dead last for 100 years. And what happens is, if we keep depending on that economic model we are always going to stay last. Our state depends heavily on federal funds, right? Because of that we are not able to create the prosperous environment we need to grow.”
Later on, Senator McDaniel further clarified his comments: “What I would say to that 38 percent is that I am is the candidate that wants to expand your liberty, who wants to give you opportunity, who wants to break out of the old ways the state’s always done business. And if we break out of those old ways, there will be opportunity but we can’t keep doing it the same old way and expecting different results.”
McDaniel clearly aimed his comments at the GOP leadership that runs the federal delegation to DC and the state delegation in Jackson, who he has blamed for a corporate welfare mentality that keeps Mississippi at the bottom of the economic barrel.
The media, then, took over and began to stoke the flames of racial division. Geoff Pender of the Clarion Ledger aimed his hit piece on the “scraps” comment.
His headline: “Chris McDaniel on MSNBC to African-Americans: stop ‘begging for federal government scraps’”
McDaniel hit back at Pender’s race-baiting: “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.”
WJTV also attempted to divide Mississippians by race on their Friday night news broadcast by speaking only to voters who disagreed with McDaniel’s comments. Hardly an objective look at the panel discussion.
Yet media attempts at racial division come at a time when Donald Trump’s economic prosperity agenda, which McDaniel supports, has caused black unemployment to drop to record low numbers, now down to 6.3 percent and falling, which has caused black support for Trump to grow as well, reaching 21 percent in an NAACP poll.
And, to make matters worse for Cindy Hyde-Smith, Joe Scarborough and the MSNBC panel affirmed that Trump aligns more closely with McDaniel than with Hyde-Smith, who didn’t bother to show up for the “Morning Joe” panel.
Not to be outdone by the liberal minions in the media, though, Governor Phil Bryant, who appointed Cindy Hyde-Smith to the US Senate, lashed out at McDaniel’s comments with his own race-baiting comment on Twitter:
“I condemn and reject in the strongest possible terms Chris McDaniel’s characterization of African-Americans as beggars. This does not reflect the beliefs of the Mississippi Republican Party or the average Mississippian.”
These latest attacks on Senator Chris McDaniel, which will only serve to damage race relations further, reflect not truthful disagreements about government policy but fear that the handpicked Establishment candidate, Cindy Hyde-Smith, is in danger of losing. And they are lashing out at the only conservative candidate in the race, Chris McDaniel, with truly shameful attacks.