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FILE- This Feb. 28, 2018 file photo shows State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, in Ellisville, Miss. The two billionaire mega donors poured $1.25 million into a super PAC that was supposed to supercharge McDaniel’s insurgent bid to be Mississippi’s next Republican senator. A year later, and much of the money from Illinois shipping supply CEO Richard Uihlein and New York financier Robert Mercer is gone, with only a fraction spent reaching voters who could boost the former state lawmaker’s uphill battle against Cindy Hyde-Smith, GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell’s preferred candidate. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mississippi Senate candidate says black voters are 'begging for federal government scraps'


WASHINGTON (Circa) — A candidate for a Senate seat in Mississippi was booed during an interview on NBC's "Morning Joe" after suggesting black voters in the state had been begging for "federal government scraps."

The conversation surrounding race began when Princeton University professor Eddie Glaude Jr. asked McDaniel about his positions on the Confederate flag, hip-hop as a source of gun violence, and Robert E. Lee. Glaude asked McDaniel how he intended to convince black people in the state that he was "not a danger to them."

McDaniel said that the Confederate flag had been around for a long time, and that if people wanted to keep he flag, the state should respect their wishes. He said that almost all symbols were offensive to someone, and that at some point, the majority needed to take control.

Glaude pushed McDaniel, asking how he would convince those 38 percent of voters in Mississippi ho were black to help elect him.

McDaniel responded by saying he would ask that 38 percent if they were better off now than they were 100 years ago after "begging for federal government scraps."

When pressed on the issue of whether or not the Confederate flag pushed businesses away from Mississippi, McDaniel touted his record in the Mississippi Senate, saying that he had never spoken with a business leader who had not done business in the state because of its flag.

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