GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith jokes about attending 'a public hanging'

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Hyde-Smith Under Fire For 'Public Hanging' Comment

Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi, earlier this year.

Mississippi Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is facing a runoff Senate election against an African-American Democrat, has found herself in hot water after joking that she would sit in "the front row" at a public hanging.

Hyde-Smith, who faces a black Democratic challenger in a November 27 runoff, said Sunday that her November 2 remark was "exaggerated expression of regard" for someone who invited her to speak and "any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous". Espy, if elected, would be the first black man or woman elected by Mississippians to Congress since Reconstruction and the first Democrat since 1982.

Espy issued a statement, through his Campaign Communications Director Danny Blanton, on the comment, calling it "reprehensible". She was standing in front of a statute of Elvis Presley, who was born in the town. White said Hyde-Smith made the remark while campaigning with a cattle rancher in Tupelo, Mississippi.

In a video posted on Twitter over the weekend, Republican Sen.

The Trump endorsee became the first woman to represent MS in Congress after she was appointed to replace Republican Senator Thad Cochran, who stepped down in April because of health problems.

AP VoteCast, a survey of the electorate, showed significant differences in voting behavior by age and race in Mississippi's special election.

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Espy and Hyde-Smith had the top two vote tallies, each receiving about 41 per cent. The victor gets the final two years of Cochran's term.

The public hanging remark was all the more contentious given the biography of Hyde-Smith's political opponent.

In December, at Bryant's invitation, President Donald Trump attended the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, which coincided with the state's bicentennial.

The video was first posted to Facebook and Twitter by Lamar White, Jr. the publisher of The Bayou Brief. The source acquired it from the individual who recorded it, he said.

White said he believes he received the video because he has been writing about racism in the South for about a dozen years. Hyde-Smith leaned heavily on the support of white voters, older ones in particular.

"Hyde-Smith's decision to joke about 'hanging, ' in a state known for its violent and terroristic history toward African Americans is sick", he said. They finished ahead of a crowded field of candidates in a November 6 special election in which no one won more than 50 percent of the vote. Some clapping is audible on the video after the comment was made. "It doesn't make her a racist".

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