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McDaniel Hires Anti-Trump Adviser in Bid to Unseat Wicker

The perennial candidate who challenged Thad Cochran in 2014 is expected to announce he’s challenging Roger Wicker on Wednesday.

By NTK Staff | 02.27.2018 @11:00am
McDaniel Hires Anti-Trump Adviser in Bid to Unseat Wicker

Chris McDaniel, the Mississippi state senator and former conservative radio show host who challenged Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in 2014, is expected to announce he’s mounting yet another long-shot Senate campaign.

This time he’s targeting Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), and is expected to launch his campaign to unseat the incumbent on Wednesday.

Controversy tends to follow McDaniel everywhere he goes, usually from his former radio show, but it’s his choice of political advisers that some are questioning in the lead up to his announcement.

Former Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) adviser and current MSNBC contributor Rick Tyler is reportedly helping McDaniel launch his upstart campaign. Given the criticism that Tyler has lobbed at President Trump and the White House, it’s a curious choice for McDaniel, who needs to win over as many Trump voters as possible.

The blog Y’All Politics compiled a series of scathing remarks that Tyler has made over the years about Trump, the man who ultimately defeated Tyler’s preferred presidential candidate, Cruz.

“I think this presidency is effectively over,” Tyler said about Trump in July 2017.

The next month, citing approval-rating polls, Tyler said Trump’s reelection campaign should be on “suicide watch.” (Incidentally, Trump’s approval rating has shot up recently).

Then there are the tweets. He’s called Trump a “classless jerk,” a “dunce,” and a “laughingstock and a punchline.

So the question remains, did McDaniel make a huge mistake hiring Tyler? The answer might surprise you. McDaniel himself has actually been quite critical of Trump, as well. In a state that supports Trump as much as Mississippi does, it seems like McDaniel is not learning from past mistakes. Here’s a video of him saying Trump isn’t a true conservative:

One thing is for sure: if McDaniel jumps in the Mississippi Senate race Wednesday, he’s going to have a lot of explaining to do.


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