Hyde-Smith responds after 'public hanging' comment

Mississippi senator Cindy Hyde Smith releases statement on ‘public hanging’ comment

A video of Cindy Hyde Smith saying she would be"front row at a"public hanging has gone viral. Source Twitter

Mississippi Senator, Cindy Hyde-Smith, however, may have taken the cake with her recent comments.

Many critics of the comments pointed to Mississippi's long history of racism and noted that the state had the highest rate of lynchings of African Americans in the country during the Jim Crow era, according to a report by the Equal Justice Initiative.

"Now, in a political campaign, people can make anything you say what they want it to say".

Hyde-Smith, who is endorsed by President Donald Trump, is the first woman to represent MS in either chamber of Congress and is trying to become the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from the state.

In a formal statement, Espy's campaign also said that the comments were "reprehensible".

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Hyde-Smith, who is now embroiled in a runoff election with Democratic opponent Rep. Mike Espy, who is black, had reportedly been responding to praise from a local rancher when she made the remarks. On Sunday, she called the comments making the rounds an "exaggerated expression", and said that "any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous". I'm a Mississippian. Nobody I know talks like that.

Lamar White Jr., publisher of a left-leaning Louisiana news site called The Bayou Brief, posted the video Sunday on social media. According to the NAACP website, between 1882 and 1968, there were 4,743 lynchings in the USA, and almost 73 percent of the victims were black.

She's battling Espy to determine who will serve the remaining two years of Cochran's term, since neither candidate was able to win more than 50 percent of the vote in a November 6 special election, according to the Clarion Ledger.

Hyde-Smith, who was tapped by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant to temporarily succeed retired Sen.

Espy in 1986 became the first African-American since Reconstruction to win a U.S. House seat in Mississippi.

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It is sad that Senator Hyde-Smith thought of, much less-used this language especially given our state's past history.

Hyde-Smith has received the support of President Trump who tweeted in August that she is "strong" on issues that'll help him "put America first!"

Hyde-Smith stands by her statement, WJTV reported following a Monday news conference. "I can tell you all of us in public life have said things on occasion that we could've phrased better".

Days after appointed U.S. Sen. However, Espy pulled out of the debate when Hyde-Smith failed to confirm her participation, prompting Mississippi Public Broadcasting to cancel the event.

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