Days after a white supremacist rampage left one woman dead after a neo-Nazi plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters, Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel has a solution: Prayer and guns.
McDaniel posted a photo of himself in a prayer circle with young men with the caption: “There is nothing wrong with this country that prayer, liberty and common sense can’t fix.”
“Oh, and maybe the 2nd Amendment,” he added, in a subsequent comment to his own post. White supremacists were seen marching in Charlottesville carrying assault rifles.
McDaniel, a Republican with close ties to neo-Confederate organizations, has been a staunch defender of symbols of the Confederacy, including not only the Confederate flag and monuments to the men who fought for the preservation of Southern slavery, but the Confederate-emblem bearing Mississippi state flag, too.
“Since some are in the business of removing offensive monuments of oppression, might I suggest the IRS and Planned Parenthood?” he wrote in an earlier Facebook post.
Chris McDaniel, a Tea Partier who primaried incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran in a tumultuous failed 2014 campaign that garnered national attention, is widely expected to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Roger Wicker in 2018.
Wicker strongly condemned the white supremacist march, and reiterated calls to bring down the Mississippi state flag.
McDaniel, who focused his criticism on the Virginians who came out to protest against the white nationalists, is hewing closely to Trumpism, hoping to use the state flag as a wedge issue to drive the hardcore right wing base his way.