A Republican candidate for U.S. Senate was criticized after he said that Black people in Mississippi need to stop “begging for federal government scraps,” USA Today reports.

Chris McDaniel appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday during its broadcast at the University of Mississippi and made the controversial comment; he was met with boos by the live audience.

Eddie Glaude, an African-American panelist, asked the GOP state senator about comments he’s made about hip-hop causing gun violence, his defense of the Mississippi flag and his positive remarks about Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, and how he would convince the state’s Black population that he is “not a danger to them.”

“I am going to ask them, after 100 years, after 100 years of relying on big government to save you, where are you today? After 100 years of begging for federal government scraps, where are you today?” said McDaniel.

He tried to clarify his comments, following the negative reaction from the crowd, stating that he was only referring to the Magnolia state.

“I mean the state of Mississippi. I’m talking about the state of Mississippi … To your question, the candidate I am is the candidate that wants to expand your liberty … break out of old ways,” he said.

McDaniel went on to further explain what he said after the site reported his comments.

“It was an 11-minute segment. And that one sentence is your primary focus? I easily clarified my position – that is, Mississippi being the dead last state of the Union in terms of wealth and economic prosperity, based on outdated economic models,” said McDaniels.

McDaniel will face off against three opponents, Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, former U.S. Rep. Mike Espy, and Democrat Tobey Bartee in the Nov. 6. special election to fill out Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-Miss.) seat, after he resigned in April due to health reasons.

Check out a video of McDaniel’s comments below.