McDaniel said that the "welfare dependent citizens of New Orleans (of all races, including black and white)" decided to stay in the city rather than leave. Here's what he said in the post:
Had the hurricane been approaching Orange County, California or South Beach, Miami, the great majority of residents in either of those towns would have probably heeded the countless evacuation warnings and left for higher ground (especially if their city was located below sea level). But not the welfare dependent citizens of New Orleans (of all races, including black and white). Playing their part in the drama that was suggestive of liberalisms greatest failure, many in New Orleans simply ignored common sense and waited for the great federal father to save them. Others seized on Katrina's "opportunity" to assault, loot and steal. NOTE TO THE LEFT: Unless you live in Detroit, the basic necessities of life do not include big screen plasma TV's, Randy Moss jerseys, Air Jordan sneakers or any type of "bling-bling."
Comments on Hurricane Katrina and relief aid has gotten McDaniel in trouble before. In an interview with Politico a few months earlier McDaniel refused to say whether he would have supported legislation that sent $10 billion worth of relief aid to states hit by Katrina.
Those comments offered an opening for a pro-Cochran super PAC to attack McDaniel. McDaniel also eventually said that he would have supported relief aide.