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GOP Senator Jokes About ‘Public Hanging’ Ahead Of Runoff Against Black Challenger In Mississippi

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GOP Senator Jokes About ‘Public Hanging’ Ahead Of Runoff Against Black Challenger In Mississippi




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.

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.





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