A Republican senator in Mississippi was caught on video joking that if a cattle rancher she was campaigning with “invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), who is currently campaigning in a runoff against Democratic challenger Mike Espy, who is black, made the controversial remarks while campaigning in Tupelo ahead of the Nov. 27 runoff election, according to Lamar White Jr., the publisher of the Bayou Brief.
"If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row"- Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith says in Tupelo, MS after Colin Hutchinson, cattle rancher, praises her.
Hyde-Smith is in a runoff on Nov 27th against Mike Espy. pic.twitter.com/0a9jOEjokr
— Lamar White, Jr. (@LamarWhiteJr) November 11, 2018
Hyde-Smith was appointed to the Senate in April after incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) resigned due to health concerns.
Many have interpreted Hyde-Smith’s “public hanging” remark as a clear reference to lynching.
Hold up. Hold up. Stop EVERYTHING.
A sitting United States Senator, IN MISSISSIPPI just said “If he invited me to a public hanging I’d be on the front row.”
She just said this in the heart of lynching country.
SHE’S RUNNING AGAINST A BLACK MAN!
— Shaun King (@shaunking) November 11, 2018