Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi accidentally gave her followers the wrong date for the upcoming run-off election during a disastrous debate on Tuesday.
Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to the Senate in April after Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) stepped down over health concerns, mistakenly told her supporters to show up to the polls on “November the 22nd,” Thanksgiving Day.
Mississippi’s runoff election will occur on Tuesday, November 27, not the 22nd.
Hyde-Smith made headlines earlier this month when she was caught on camera telling Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) that she would gladly attend a “public hanging” if one of her supporters invited her. Mississippi has a history of lynching African-Americans.
At Tuesday’s debate, Hyde-Smith often looked down at her notes even as she attempted to offer an apology for her controversial remarks.
The Jackson Free Press’ Ashton Pittman counted at least 20 glances at her “two large stacks of notes.”
“Candidates weren’t supposed to bring notes in with them, but her campaign demanded & was given access to notes over an hour prior,” Pittman added.
WATCH: I counted 20 times Cindy Hyde-Smith looked down at the two large stacks of notes in front of her during just the first two questions. Candidates weren’t supposed to bring notes in with them, but her campaign demanded & was given access to notes over an hour prior. #MSSen pic.twitter.com/IKDOJYJxWC
— Ashton Pittman (@ashtonpittman) November 21, 2018
The Mississippi Republican also demanded that no press or audience be allowed at the debate, reports The Jackson Free Press.
After the debate, Hyde-Smith skipped taking any questions from the media, sending Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) in her place, reports ThinkProgress.
On Tuesday, a photo surfaced of Hyde-Smith wearing a Confederate soldier’s hat and holding a rifle.
The senator took the photo during a visit to the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library in 2014. Davis was the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War.
“I enjoyed my tour of Beauvoir. The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library located in Biloxi,” she wrote in her Facebook post, reports Politico. “This is a must see. Currently on display are artifacts connected to the daily life of the Confederate Soldier including weapons. Mississippi history at its best!”