Conservative pundit Ann Coulter wrote on Wednesday that Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) just needs to give it up.
McDaniel lost the Republican runoff in the U.S. Senate race last month to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and has since vowed to investigate alleged voter fraud that the tea party favorite thinks may have tipped the race for the incumbent.
In her syndicated column on Wednesday, Coulter called the decision “a primrose path to political oblivion.”
By continuing to fight the results of the primary, Coulter wrote, McDaniel supporters are not only ending his political career, but they are also risking potential Republican control of the Senate. She wrote that McDaniel’s supporters were treating the matter like a “prom queen election.”
“Even in cases of actual vote fraud, history shows that the contesting politicians get branded as sore losers and destroy their political careers. Better to be magnanimous and live to fight another day,” Coulter wrote, pointing to the success of past political figures who threw in the towel when defeated early on, such as former President Richard Nixon and Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota.
The conservative columnist noted the weakness of McDaniel’s case and said his “Sore Loser Brigade” was effectively destroying a good Republican in Mississippi.
“There’s no reason to think that a majority of Mississippi Republicans didn’t want Cochran as their nominee,” she said. “A lot of them might not have bothered to vote in the first primary, on the assumption that the long-serving, popular incumbent was not at risk.”
Calling McDaniel supporters “clowns and nuts,” Coulter argued they need to get their priorities straight. “They don’t care that they’re gambling with a Republican majority in the Senate — or destroying McDaniel’s future prospects. As the nation goes up in smoke, they act as if the future of the country is nothing compared to their color war at summer camp.”
This post has been updated.