A photo of Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) wearing a Confederate soldier’s hat and holding a rifle surfaced on Tuesday just days after the embattled senator said would sit front row at “public hanging” if invited.
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!”
2. Some context for this: The other guy in the picture is Greg Stewart.
Stewart was part of "Free Mississippi," which was devoted to keeping the Confederate symbol as part of the state flag.
Free Mississippi was labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) November 20, 2018
The photo comes more than a week after Hyde-Smith 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.
Hyde-Smith is running against Democrat Mike Espy, who is African-American, in a Nov. 27 runoff.