GOP leadership stands by Scalise after white supremacist speech

More broadly, however, the establishment silence has infuriated conservatives still smarting over their loss in the Mississippi Senate race, when their chosen candidate, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, was narrowly defeated by Sen. Thad Cochran after establishment Republicans lodged racially-charged attacks against him.

McDaniel came under heavy fire from establishment Republicans for being billed as a headliner for a rally alongside a white nationalist, though he never ultimately attended the rally. In an email to CNN, McDaniel said that “of course there is a double standard for the GOP establishment.”

He noted that former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour “has a long history of despicable comments, some of them overtly racist,” pointing to a Politico article outlining some of the more salacious.

“And yet, he receives a free pass from establishment politicians because of his perceived influence. All the while, others are forever tarnished for less serious deeds,” McDaniel said.

He added: “The establishment wings of both parties are more hypocritical than fair, seeking to crush anyone — friend and foe alike — who would threaten their hold on power.”