MS senator Cindy Hyde-Smith releases statement on 'public hanging' comment

Larry Hoffman
November 15, 2018

A Miss. senator said she'd sit front row if she was invited to a public hanging - and Twitter is unamused.

Journalists asked Hyde-Smith eight questions about the controversial comment, but she declined to answer, each time stating, "I put out a statement yesterday, and that's all I'm gonna say about it".

Representative Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississipi, released a statement Monday calling the senator's comments on public hanging "beyond disrespectful and offensive", adding that Mississippi's history includes "one of the highest numbers of public lynching, that we know of, than any other state in this country". Espy's campaign called the remark "reprehensible" and said it indicated that she "lacks the understanding and judgement" necessary to represent the state.

Derrick Johnson, the national president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People who comes from MS, denounced the remark of Hyde-Smith, who has been endorsed by Donald Trump, as "shameful".

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.

The former Agriculture secretary under President Bill Clinton said Hyde-Smith's comments were not only "disappointing to millions of Mississippians of good will", but also were "very harmful". In it, she says her comments referred to "accepting an invitation to a speaking engagement" and that's where she "used an exaggerated expression of regard". Thad Cochran retired in April, and she faces an African-American Democrat, Mike Espy, in a November 27, 2018, runoff. But I know this woman and I know her heart.

The video clip surfaced on social media Sunday in a post from Lamar White Jr., who is the publisher of the news site The Bayou Brief, according to The Associated Press. The NAACP website says that between 1882 and 1968, there were 4,743 lynchings in the United States, and almost 73 percent of the victims were black. And those that oppose Cindy Hyde-Smith will take advantage of this.

Less than a week into Mississippi's Senate special election election runoff, GOP Sen.

"It's got a lynching or public hanging exhibit, and it's visceral and it's sobering", Espy said.

Another Republican from Mississippi, Trent Lott, lost his position as Senate majority leader in 2002 after saying at the 100th birthday party of SC U.S. Sen. Hyde-Smith was appointed to fill the seat vacated by longtime Republican Sen.

"She's always had my back", Trump told supporters during an October 2 rally in Southaven, Mississippi.

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