The Governor of Mississippi is getting desperate. He’s lashing out at Chris McDaniel on social media, attempting to make lies stick as truth.
Phil Bryant made a very unwise decision by naming an unqualified person, in Cindy Hyde-Smith, to fill Thad Cochran’s seat in the US Senate. And rather than act like a statesman in this hotly-contested political season, and let the people decide, he has resorted to pettiness, mudslinging, and smear tactics to hurt McDaniel, who is in a very strong position to knock off Bryant’s choice, thereby forever tarnishing Bryant’s reputation and his chances at future wealth and privilege when he leaves office in January 2020.
In short, Bryant is terrified Hyde-Smith is going down. Why else would he lash out with lies and falsehoods?
It’s clear that the McDaniel campaign has all the momentum in recent weeks. He is meeting with the people, crowds are growing at his town hall meetings, undecided voters are swinging his way, and volunteers are signing up in droves.
So the Establishment is trying to stop his momentum, and, just like the “Never Trump” crowd in 2016, they are using every conceivable McDaniel comment to contend that he is “unfit” to serve in the US Senate, just as they did Donald Trump.
What did McDaniel say that was so bad? Nothing. But when you take his comments out of context, add in some lies, toss in some half-truths, then feign outrage, you get “Fake News.”
In his appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” last weekend, McDaniel discussed what needed to be done for the state’s black population, and his answer was to strengthen the state’s economy and get rid of a heavy dependence on government handouts, or “scraps” he called them. McDaniel was calling for a new economic model, not the one the state has depended on for 100 years that has served to continue the state’s poverty and hurt its African-American population.
Then, the “fake news” media twisted McDaniel’s words to make it appear that it was Mississippi’s blacks who were “begging for scraps.” Licking his chops, Bryant quickly denounced McDaniel: “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.”
But Phil Bryant knows exactly what Chris McDaniel said and what he meant. He’s just playing politics and the race card with his attack. Just like liberal Democrats and “Never Trump” Republicans.
Yesterday, during an appearance on Bryan Fischer’s “Focal Point” radio show, McDaniel defended Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Bret Kavanaugh, against accusations of sexual assault. McDaniel said of these last-minute, 11thhour, 30-years-later political attacks, that 99 percent of the time they are false. He never mentioned rape or sexual assault.
Yet the media once again pounced, claiming that McDaniel had contended that 99 percent of all sexual assaults and rapes are false. The Clarion Liar, in a very “fake news” article by Emily Wagster Pettus, headlined: “Chris McDaniel in defense of Brett Kavanaugh: 99% of sexual assault claims ‘fabricated.’” Yet the only thing fabricated is Pettus’s article.
Yet Phil Bryant, once again, playing politics with a serious issue, shared the story on Facebook and denounced McDaniel: “Chris McDaniel’s comments are irresponsible, disturbing and untrue.” Yet the only really disturbing thing here is what has become of the Governor’s political career.
Oh, and by the way, Trump has also defended Kavanaugh, which Bryant, as of yet, has not done. Let me state that again: Phil Bryant has not said a word in defense of Bret Kavanaugh. Is he afraid? Chris McDaniel is certainly not.
And yet, Bryant has, like Hyde-Smith, buddied up to Trump in the hopes of gaining support for his embattled pick. But, by contrast, he’s acting like the silly, immature “Never Trump” crowd, the Bill Kristols of the world, who will do anything and say anything to stop Trump, by using the same disingenuous smear tactics that the “Never Trump” crowd leveled at Trump whenever he said anything that could be construed as controversial or negative.
Phil Bryant’s recent comments about Senator Chris McDaniel are completely political and truly despicable. It’s time for the politics of personal destruction, namely the lying, smearing, besmirching, hateful tactics emanating from the Governor’s Mansion to end.
And on November 6 it will.