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After Lynching Joke, GOP Senator Jokes About Making Voting ‘More Difficult’ For Liberal Students

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After Lynching Joke, GOP Senator Jokes About Making Voting ‘More Difficult’ For Liberal Students





A video released Thursday shows GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) talking about making voting “a little more difficult” for liberal students, a comment that comes as she prepares to face Democrat Mike Espy in Mississippi’s runoff election.

“And then they remind me, that there’s a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who that maybe we don’t want to vote,” Hyde-Smith appears to say to a group of supporters at a campaign event on Nov. 3. “Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult. So I think that’s a great idea.”

“Obviously Sen. Hyde-Smith was making a joke and clearly the video was selectively edited,” Hyde-Smith campaign spokeswoman Melissa Scallan said in a statement.



Danny Blanton, a spokesman for Espy’s campaign, called Hyde-Smith a “walking stereotype who embarrasses our state.”

“For a state like Mississippi, where voting rights were obtained through sweat and blood, everyone should appreciate that this is not a laughing matter,” Blanton said in a statement.

The latest video comes just days after Hyde-Smith received widespread backlash after saying she would sit “front row” at a “public hanging” in a state that has a history of lynchings and a significant African American population.

Hyde-Smith said in a statement soon after the remark was posted that she “referred to accepting an invitation to a speaking engagement” and “used an exaggerated expression of regard.”





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