Mississippi senator Thad Cochran’s primary challenger Chris McDaniel is being confronted with some remarks he made on air during his days as a talk-radio host. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal posted a ten-minute audio clip of the state senator speaking in late 2006 or early 2007 on a radio show he hosted, The Right Side. Per the Journal, McDaniel said the following:
–Discussing whether to pay the descendants of slaves, Mr. McDaniel said, “If they pass reparations, and my taxes are going up, I ain’t paying taxes.”
–On Mexico: “Why don’t we all immigrate south, let’s go to Mexico…You know, a dollar bill can buy a mansion in Mexico. And I think we all get together, go down there, build us a studio for like 26 pesos, uh and you know, put on a radio show right there in Mexico. Live the rest of our lives there.”
–Asked by someone else in the studio, “Do we have to learn Spanish?” Mr. McDaniel replied, “Yes, regrettably…You’ll have to learn just enough to ask where the bathroom is. Baños. Baños. That’s what you say.”
–Mr. McDaniel then asked someone to translate, “Do you have a sister?” “What about mamacita?” he offered. “Mamacita works….I’m an English-speaking Anglo. I have no idea what it means, actually, but I’ve said it a few times, just for, you know, fun. And I think it basically means, ‘Hey, hot mama.’ Or, you know, ‘You’re a fine looking young thing.’”
- Later, he weighed in on the momentary outcry over an ad released in international markets promoting the white version of a portable video-game console. The spot included a shot of a white woman and a black woman wrestling. “There’s a white woman, and she’s holding down a black woman. The world’s gone nuts. Listen to this. Minority groups in California screaming that the image is racist. ‘San Francisco politician Tom LeLand says ‘It’s racially charged, unnecessary and clearly offensive to our community.’ Well, she wasn’t holding down a gay guy.”
McDaniel told the Associated Press on Friday that he doesn’t remember the specific program in which he made the comments. He hosted the show from about late 2003 through 2007, he recalled. “My goodness,” he said. “Thousands of hours of radio clips and this is what we’re bringing up? Are you serious?” His spokesman issued a statement saying that “it’s no surprise” that “the liberal press” would “dredge up decade-old comments made on conservative talk radio.”
Senator Cochran’s spokesman told the AP that “we don’t know a lot about Chris McDaniel, and every time we find out something new about him, it turns out to be troubling.” Cochran “never embarrassed Mississippi,” he added.
BuzzFeed dug up some more audio from the show, and another one that McDaniel appeared on, in which he commented on libertarians, Al Jazeera, American Muslims, and Rosie O’Donnell and Janet Reno, among other topics.