Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith attended segregational school, praised Confederates in legislation

Geneva Stokes
November 28, 2018

"So, if you compare me and that experience to Cindy Hyde and her experience, I'd rather have my experience".

She is now in a runoff in MS against Democrat Mike Epsy, which will determine the final Senate seat in the 2018 midterm elections.

On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted: "I will be in Gulfport and Tupelo, Mississippi, on Monday night doing two Rallies for Senator Hyde-Smith, who has a very important Election on Tuesday".

About 69,000 absentee ballots were requested before the November 6 election. There's typically a decrease in ballots cast between the first election and a runoff.

Saturday was the deadline for in-person absentee voting. She said there are as many as 95,000 Black women in the state who historically vote in presidential elections but not at other times. A second Republican candidate running as an independent split the rightwing vote in that poll, making a Democratic gain unlikely. Thad Cochran, who left office for health reasons.

The victor Tuesday finishes the final two years of a term started by Republican Sen.

Ayanna Pressley, who was just elected as the first black congresswoman in the state of MA, was in Meridian campaigning with Espy. And they foreshadow the messaging dissonance that could mark the next two years of his presidency as he faces a divided Congress - a Republican-majority Senate and a Democrat-controlled House - after two years of across-the-board Republican power. Many have taken the remark to be inappropriate due to Mississippi's history of racial violence.

She has a history of controversial conduct, the most recent from a campaign rally earlier this month where she was seen on video joking with a supporter about happily being his guest for a public hanging.

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"We don't want to say 'bombard, ' but we're contacting them as much as possible", Welchlin said.

Hyde-Smith said the "public hanging" comment was "an exaggerated expression of regard" for a fellow cattle rancher.

Trump said repeatedly Monday that Hyde-Smith had apologized for her comments and that he believed she was honest.

The photo shows the school's mascot dressed in what appears to be a Confederate uniform holding a Confederate flag. She also supported a resolution as a state senator that praised a Confederate soldier's effort to "defend his homeland", and the Jackson Free Press reported Friday Hyde-Smith attended and graduated from a "segregation academy" set up so that white parents could avoid sending their children to an integrated school.

Hyde-Smith's campaign called the school issue a personal attack on her family meant to draw attention away from real issues.

Blocks away in the eastern MS city, Democrat Mike Espy spoke to a mostly African-American crowd at a Masonic lodge. Jones did what Espy is trying to do - win as a Democrat in a conservative, Republican-dominated state.

Democrat Mike Espy responds to a statement from his opponent, appointed U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss ahead of Mississippi's special election. Which makes the news that broke last night rather surprising: the MLB PAC donated the legal maximum - $5,000 - to Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith from MS ahead of her special runoff election against Democrat Mike Espy.

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