President Donald Trump will not support Cindy Hyde Smith, the former Democrat appointed to fill Thad Cochran’s vacated Senate seat from Mississippi, when Smith inevitably runs to keep the seat in November.
The Trump White House told Republican Governor Phil Bryant that the President will not campaign for the Republican place-holder.
Conservative challenger Chris McDaniel, a state senator who initially vowed to challenge Roger Wicker in this year’s primary but is now running in an open field for Cochran’s seat, needs to place in the Top 2 in November to make it into a run-off.
McDaniel seems poised to hammer Hyde-Smith on her Democrat background. Without the Trump Bump that has been afforded to some other establishment-leaning candidates like incumbent Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, McDaniel’s chances are better to position himself as the MAGA candidate taking on the GOP mothership.
Big League Politics reported that McDaniel has better Trump credentials than Wicker, according to a Mississippi newspaper: Chris McDaniel (R-MS), who represents Mississippi’s 42nd District as a State Senator, is the Republican candidate who most closely resembles President Trump, according to the Mississippi Conservative Daily.
“Chris McDaniel has stood for the very same policies advocated by Donald Trump before Trump ever jumped into the race for the White House,” MCD wrote. “He’s been for tax reform, secure borders, better trade deals, draining the swamp before draining the swamp was cool, and a more prudent foreign policy, to name a few.”
McDaniel is also a well-known Tea Party supporter. He spoke at Laurel’s Tex Day Tea Party in 2009, and the Central Mississippi Tax Day Tea Party.
In true Donald Trump fashion, McDaniel has a penchant for lashing out at the political establishment.
Trump’s silence in supporting Hyde-Smith will only help McDaniel further grow his base and put himself in place to win a U.S. Senate seat for populist conservatives. McDaniel has said that Ted Cruz and Rand Paul need company. President Trump appears to agree.