It’s known as Sigmund Freud’s “psychological projection.” The definition: “A defense mechanism people subconsciously employ in order to cope with difficult feelings or emotions. It involves projecting undesirable feelings or emotions onto someone else, rather than admitting to or dealing with the unwanted feelings.” It’s a malady that plagues Roger Wicker and his campaign.
Simply put, Wicker knows that his record after 24 years in Congress is terrible and won’t resonate with the people of Mississippi when it’s exposed. He has followed the Establishment leadership, most notably the hated Mitch McConnell, every step of the way, supporting massive spending and debt, tax increases, global free trade deals, lax border security and an increase in foreign workers. His Conservative Review Liberty Score is a paltry 30, while he also fails in many other scorecards as well, making him one of the most liberal Republicans in the US Senate.
So, in politics, when you can’t run on your own sorry record, you do the next best thing: attack your opponent with myths, lies, and smears, accusing him of everything you have done and more.
And how has Wicker comported himself so far in 2018? In one word: Despicable. I expected better from Roger Wicker. Although I disagree with him on policy questions, he seemed to be a genuinely likeable fellow, a nice man with a nice family. But after seeing just a few days of his campaign against McDaniel, I must re-evaluate my original assessment. He’s a Washington Swamp Politician determined to use any means necessary to keep his seat in the Senate.
In less than a week into the US Senate primary, the Wicker camp has:
- Accused McDaniel of hating Trump and Trump’s supporters.
- Smeared McDaniel’s record and public career.
- Besmirched McDaniel’s character by suggesting he runs nasty campaigns.
So, let’s look at each in detail and see how Wicker is suffering from a severe case of psychological projection:
Lie 1 – “Chris McDaniel hates Donald Trump and his supporters.” This trash appeared the very day McDaniel announced his Senate campaign, complete with a brand-new website exposing the “Real Chris McDaniel.” I exposed these lies in two recent articles, detailing how the Wicker campaign used dishonest tactics to make it seem as though it were true and also revealing McDaniel’s true feelings on Trump and Trump’s supporters.
The Truth – Roger Wicker has never, EVER embraced Trump’s policies of “America First” in his entire political career. But now that he’s in deep trouble, and desperately needs the President’s coattails, he’s pretending his previous years in Congress do not exist. In 2016, Trump ran on issues such as fair trade, ending foreign adventurism abroad, and restricting immigration and building a border wall. These are issues McDaniel has championed throughout his career.
Just consider these articles on Wicker’s voting record:
Lie 2 – “Chris McDaniel has accomplished nothing for the conservative movement.” This piece of garbage came directly from Wicker’s campaign manager, Justin Brasell, who also managed McConnell’s campaign in 2008. I’ve also dealt with this heap of lies in a recent article detailing McDaniel’s political career.
The Truth – Roger Wicker has accomplished nothing for the conservative movement. Wicker is not a conservative. His voting record and his ratings speak to this immutable fact.
Lie 3 – “Chris McDaniel runs nasty, unlawful, and unethical campaigns.” This is a not-so-veiled reference to the “nursing home” and courthouse incidents in 2014, which I truthfully exposed in my book Remember Mississippi.
These defamations came from Brasell in his February 28 statement to the press and in a recent column by Bill Crawford. Brasell wrote that McDaniel is “embarrassing all of us with his unethical, unlawful campaign tactics.” Crawford wrote, “Most will remember the nasty and controversial campaign McDaniel waged four years ago to unseat Sen. Thad Cochran.” Later he added that there “is no reason to expect the tone of this campaign will be any different.”
There was never one shred of evidence brought forward showing that McDaniel did anything “unlawful or unethical” in 2014. In fact, no person of authority or an attorney for either side in the nursing home case said that the McDaniel campaign was involved.
There was not one ad or piece of campaign literature that ever came out with the disclaimer “Paid for and approved by Chris McDaniel” that contained a personal or misleading piece of information toward Thad Cochran. Every ad or mail piece was solely directed toward his voting record.
The Truth – Wicker knows that the 2014 smear campaign against McDaniel was disgusting, if he has any decency at all, and that he is vulnerable on that issue.
He knows that tens of thousands of Mississippians were angry about it. He knows it’s a lightning rod issue, that McDaniel is running his campaign under the banner of “Remember Mississippi,” a reference to the despicable tactics of the hated Establishment in 2014.
So rather than any attempt at wiping the slate clean, acting like a true Southern gentleman, Wicker decided to attack McDaniel as someone who runs “nasty, unlawful, and unethical campaigns.” Apparently without any sense of hypocrisy at all.
Like Cochran, Wicker has hired video trackers to follow McDaniel’s every move. I’ve already seen these guys myself at events before the campaign officially began. Chris McDaniel has NEVER hired video trackers to harass anyone, not Thad Cochran nor Roger Wicker.
Furthermore, Wicker’s campaign is now using college kids to stand outside McDaniel events holding signs with anti-McDaniel messages. The McDaniel campaign, in 2014 or 2018, NEVER asked volunteers to stand outside a Cochran or Wicker event with lying attack banners.
What do these tactics tell us? That Wicker’s campaign strategy is simple: Attach himself to Trump’s coattails, attack McDaniel with lies and smears, then hang on and hope for a win on June 5. That’s a pathetic strategy for a man who spent 23 years in Congress before Donald Trump became President and is conduct unworthy of a United States Senator from Mississippi.