I’ll never forget it.
It was a cold fall morning in 2013. Scuttlebutt (Navy jargon for rumors) was that Chris McDaniel was gonna run against Thad Cochran.
Everyone and their mother thought Thad Cochran could not be beaten, they thought Chris’s challenge to Senator Cochran was a suicide mission. Yet as time wore on, Thad Cochran showed himself to be more and more of an easy target.
By March it was apparent: Thad was gonna lose. The establishment was on the verge of losing its greatest force for pork: Sen. Thad Cochran. By early June no one thought Thad stood a chance at winning. After nine months of lies, false ads, and deception Thad’s campaign knew they were gonna lose. Their best hope was to hope for a runoff.
Roger Wicker’s son-in-law Kirk Sims, along with Austin and Henry Barbour and Pete Perry pushed Democrats into the Republican primary election, contra to state law. That was their Hail Mary play they needed to win, and they got the runoff they needed to regroup. Thad’s camp pulled every dirty rotten play in the book. They “won”.
McDaniel was seemingly left in shambles for it. The Tea Party suffered a terrible blow to its image with all the lies pushed on MSNBC by Joe Nosef and the Barbours. And the conservative movement more broadly was dealt a devastating loss in Mississippi. But the Establishment got their Pork King: Thad managed to “win.”
The phrase Remember Mississippi was birthed out of the whole thing.
It instantly became a war cry. A battle slogan if you will. Something that people needed to remember this race by.
“Remember Mississippi,” is a two-word phrase, but it has many meanings.
“Remember Mississippi” means, “The establishment might have won that battle, but they won’t win the war.”
“Remember Mississippi” means, “The Barbours are no longer just the nice guys they pretend to be on television.”
“Remember Mississippi” means, “We will never let the blue blooded Rockefeller Republicans at the country clubs live down this despicable behavior.”
And “Remember Mississippi” means, “We will regroup, we will rearm, we will train, we will go to war, and we will WIN.”
Fast forward to the presidential election in 2016 and RememberMississippi has served once again as a battle cry for when Trump won the state of Mississippi.
And now we have a similar situation brewing in Alabama. Roy Moore and Luther Strange are in a hellish battle to the finish. Roy Moore has stood by conservatives on so many issues: he hates the swamp as much as McDaniel does, as much as Rand Paul does, and as much as Mike Lee and Ted Cruz do.
Yet Trump tweeted his support of establishment candidate Luther Strange.
Has the President forgotten why the people of Mississippi backed him? Has he forgotten MIssissippi? Did he forget the ugly politics that lead to his victory here? If he has, we should remind him that Mississippians haven’t forgotten. President Trump should remember that Mississippians are still as mad as they’ve ever been at the Washington Elite, who continue to run roughshod over our liberty.
Mr. Trump, allow me to offer you a brief history lesson: Irrespective of whichever incumbent you endorse, the very people who backed you in Draining the Swamp in 2016 will fight tooth and nail to rid D.C. of its political elites.
In short, Mr. Trump, I beseech you:
Please, Remember Mississippi.