Monday, 27 May, 2019

Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith Make Lynching Joke, Twitter Reacts

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
Deanna Wagner | 12 November, 2018, 20:32

Outraged observers say the Hyde-Smith's comment evokes the bloody history of lynchings in MS, which has the deadliest record of racist mob violence by hanging of any state in the United States, according to the NAACP.

Mike Espy, Hyde-Smith's opponent in the upcoming November 27 runoff election sent out a statement late Sunday afternoon regarding the video.

Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., and serve the last two years of the six-year term vacated when Republican Thad Cochran retired for health reasons, speaks to a crowded ballroom of supporters following his speech in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday night, November 6, 2018. She said it was an "exaggerated expression of regard" for the individual who had invited her to speak and "any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous".

Her opponent, Mike Espy, called the comment "reprehensible" but she says the reaction has been overblown.

"We need leaders, not dividers, and her words show that she lacks the understanding and judgment to represent the people of our state", he said in a statement to The Washington Post. According to the Equal Justice Initiative, 654 lynchings of black people were carried out within its borders, dramatically more than any other state.

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Hyde-Smith was appointed to the Senate in April to replace Republican Sen. According to a report from The Jackson Free Press, and the tweet from White, Hutchinson had just praised Hyde-Smith before her comment.

Hyde-Smith and Espy each received about 41 per cent of the vote in a four-person race Tuesday to advance to the runoff. She is competing with Espy for the final two years of Cochran's term.

Hyde-Smith referred to the remark as "an exaggerated expression of regard" in a statement.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson drew a parallel from Hyde-Smith's remarks to President Donald Trump.

A Republican activist who initially supported another candidate in the special U.S. Senate election said he will vote for Hyde-Smith in the runoff, even though he considers her a weak candidate. Some clapping is audible on the video after the comment was made.