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Mississippi Tea Party’s Chris McDaniel Pals Around with Secessionists, Retweets White Supremacist

Alex Constantine - February 25, 2014

From Mother Jones, Oct. 23, 2013 - "GOP Senate Candidate Addressed Conference Hosted by Neo-Confederate Group That Promotes Secessionism" -  "Mississippi Republican Chris McDaniel, who is challenging Sen. Thad Cochran and backed by the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Club for Growth, took the stage with a historian who says Lincoln was a Marxist."

"... With their endorsements of McDaniel, the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Club for Growth have shown just how far they are willing to go in terms of embracing the far right to prosecute their war for the soul of the party. In August, McDaniel addressed a neo-Confederate conference in Laurel, Miss., near his hometown of Ellisville. A local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), the Jones County Rosin Heels, hosted the two-day event, which the group described in invitations as a "Southern Heritage Conference" for "politically incorrect folks." Attendees were advised to dress in "Confederate uniforms and antebellum ball gowns or wee kilties." McDaniel's appearance at the Rosin Heels heritage conference was not a one-off occurrence; weeks earlier he was the keynote speaker at a separate event in Jackson.

"The Rosin Heels does more than regret the outcome of the Civil War. Its monthly newsletter routinely features articles and essays advocating for present-day secession. ..."

From Salon, Feb. 19, 2014:

Tea Party Senate candidate Chris McDaniel retweets white supremacist

The Mississippi state senator already has a history of associating with neo-Confederates

Elias Isquith

Chris McDaniel, a state senator from Mississippi and primary challenger of GOP Sen. Thad Cochran, has already gotten into some trouble for hanging out with neo-Confederates, but according to a report from Talking Points Memo, it would appear the blowback wasn’t sufficient to put McDaniel off the practice altogether.

Per TPM’s report, McDaniel’s Twitter account (which is unverified but frequently tweets material suggesting it is being run by McDaniel or a member of his team) retweeted on Sunday a message from RRSmith #WR (@rrsray) urging others to support the Tea Partyer and former radio host’s campaign. Here’s a screen shot from TPM:

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The @rrsray Twitter bio describes the user as “Nationalist, staunch proponent of 2nd & 10th Amendment, GoldenDawn & Southern Nationalism.” (Golden Dawn is a greek neofascist party, recently embraced by many political white supremacists in the U.S.)

A better sense of @rrsray’s political racism, however, can be found by perusing their tweets, which are frequently and unsubtly bigoted. @rrsray tends to retweet the most virulently racist material (which we’ll spare you) but their racism is nevertheless apparent:

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