An America First, populist candidate for U.S. Senate from Mississippi called on his establishment-beholden former Democrat opponent to fully fund a border wall at a press conference on Thursday.
“Cindy Hyde-Smith has been dead silent on this issue,” said State Sen. Chris McDaniel. “I’m calling on her today to stand on behalf of Mississippians; to push back against Mitch McConnell, to push back against the Chamber of Commerce, and to call for the immediate funding of a wall on the southern border.”
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), a former Democrat, has been gun shy on voicing support for secure borders, the major policy platform on which President Donald J. Trump ran his 2016 campaign. Hyde-Smith was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to replace retired Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) earlier this year.
On the contrary, McDaniel voiced his support for the President’s agenda.
“We find ourselves in a unique situation in that President Trump has told us that he wants a wall on the Southern border,” he said. “I stand with President Trump in that request. It’s time to build a wall on the Southern border.”
McDaniel slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who has vowed not to fund a border wall until after the midterm elections, fearing backlash in Congressional races where many Republican candidates are financially backed by the pro-amnesty U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Just this year, the Chamber demanded amnesty for one million illegal immigrants, lobbying Congress to legalize DACA immigrants. The organization claimed that deporting DACA recipients would be “devastating to our economy.” Why employ Americans when you can employ illegals on the cheap?
The Republican establishment in Mississippi has a a long history opposing border security with the help of the deep-pocketed Chamber, and those same forces are working against McDaniel on their mission to defy Trump, per their surrogates in the D.C. establishment.
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who billed himself as a conservative, has a long track record of shilling for open borders.
“Barbour talks in a recent Human Events interview about securing borders, but also about the need for some Republicans to get over the idea of rounding up illegals and deporting them,” wrote The Atlantic in 2010. “Barbour takes a long view of immigration policy, arguing that America will need a strong labor base in the future.”
Usually, establishment “conservatives” try to hide the fact that they want open borders for the purpose of cheap immigrant labor.
“We need a secure border for lots of reasons,” he said in 2012, “and then we need to recognize we’re not going to deport 12 million people and we shouldn’t.”
In 2014, he rallied with former San Antonio Mayor and Obama Administration official Julian Castro, described as a “fanatical believer in amnesty.” Castro once described the “plight” of illegal immigrants as similar to the plight of black slaves before the Civil War.
After Barbour’s tenure as Governor, he continued his involvement in politics where he returned to his post as founding partner of BGR Group, a lobbying firm, and continued his support of illegal immigration.
He worked with his nephews, Henry and Austin, both lobbyists, in securing Chamber of Commerce funding for now-retired Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in 2014.
“[Haley Barbour] presides over an expansive network of closely linked operatives and a channel of major-donor money that runs from K Street to downtown Jackson and through national groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” Politico wrote in 2014.
Henry led the pro-Cochran Mississippi Conservatives PAC, which raised $100,000 from the Chamber through his uncle’s connections, helping Cochran best McDaniel in the 2014 U.S. Senate race. McDaniel is currently duking it out with Hyde-Smith for the same seat this year.
Now, the same forces that pushed Cochran over the edge in 2014 are working on behalf of Hyde-Smith, his appointed fill-in. According to FEC records, Haley Barbour himself has contributed $2,700 to Hyde-Smith’s campaign, the maximum for an individual. Henry Barbour has contributed $1,000. Both contributions were made in June. The Chamber paid for a “six figure” ad for Hyde-Smith in April.
Lest we forget, a Hyde-Smith PAC also accepted $250,000 from Democrat Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker, the founder of Napster and early investor in Facebook. McDaniel has called on Hyde-Smith to return the donation.
“U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel is calling on Cindy Hyde-Smith to demand that her Super PAC return the $250,000 dollars accepted from one of Hillary Clinton’s largest donors, Napster and Facebook co-founder Sean Parker,” said McDaniel’s campaign in a press release.
Parker donated $300,000 to Hillary R. Clinton’s failed presidential campaign in 2016.
In the face of the entire D.C. swamp, McDaniel is standing tall and fighting for his America First agenda, in defiance of the entire lobbying and consultant class.
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Posted by Senator Chris McDaniel on Thursday, August 9, 2018
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