Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), who is running against incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R) in the Senate primary, said that Muslims are “just looking for an excuse to hate” the United States even more than they already do during an appearance on the radio show he used to co-host.
That comment is part of a batch of bizarre and eyebrow raising quotes Buzzfeed resurfaced Monday night (other comments McDaniel made on the radio show have already caught national attention).
In the newly surfaced audio McDaniel describes how he heard of a lady in the Middle East saying Al Jazeera’s English language channel is a “great idea because now our brothers and sisters in America will have their eyes opened.”
“And you know what she’s talking about, she’s talking about the terrible demon that is America and furthermore she’s talking about the Zionist conspiracy that is Israel,” McDaniel said in the radio broadcast. “She’s wanting the brainwashing to occur and the sad thing is it will work in this country because there are that many Muslims that are looking for an excuse to hate this country, even more than they already do.”
Buzzfeed also found that in his radio broadcast McDaniel:
• Joked about a Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition for Al Jazeera:
Co-Host: “Can you imagine the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition on Al Jazeera Home Shopping Network?”
McDaniel: “That’s hot. That is so hot. Don’t talk about that.”
Co-Host: “Who’s the cover model? Nice eyes. Nice, big eyes. ”
• Speculated that there would be an outcry if a “homosexual church” was the target of a hate crime:
Nine churches now burned in Alabama, apparently all Baptist. I am a Southern Baptist. Could this be a hate crime, that’s the question. Are churches protected the same way, let’s just say, a homosexual would be? I’m curious, if this was a homosexual church — do those even exist? If this was a homosexual church, and there were nine that burned down, what would the outcry be? It’d be incredible.
• McDaniel also said a lesbian version of Brokeback Mountain would be the perfect film for actress Rosie O’Donnell and Janet Reno.
Listen to all the audio here.
TPM has previously noted that McDaniel attended at least one neo-Confederate event and was slated to be the keynote speaker of a pro-Second Amendment and musical festival until attention fell on one of the vendors of the event, who sold Confederate memorabilia.
In an interview with The Weekly Standard last week McDaniel defended attending the event sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
“We’re talking about an organization that our governor is a member of, that in the past that our senators have been members of, that many members of our House and Senate are members of,” McDaniel said.