MS senator praises man with ‘public hanging’ remark

Mississippi senator Cindy Hyde Smith releases statement on ‘public hanging’ comment

Mississippi senator Cindy Hyde Smith releases statement on ‘public hanging’ comment

Mike Espy who is seeking to unseat appointed Sen.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., speaks to supporters of her campaign during an election night party she shared with fellow Republican U.S. Sen.

Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican who has been in office since April 2018, is now campaigning in a runoff election against Democrat Mike Espy.

A representative for Hyde-Smith did not immediately return Fox News' request for comment.

Yahoo Lifestyle has reached out to Hyde-Smith's office for comment and will update when we hear back. Espy, if elected, would be the first black man or woman elected by Mississippians to Congress since Reconstruction and the first Democrat since 1982. However, Espy pulled out of the debate when Hyde-Smith failed to confirm her participation, prompting Mississippi Public Broadcasting to cancel the event.

The line drew cheers from a group of supporters at the November 2 event hosted by a cattle rancher in Tupelo, Miss.

"I referred to accepting an invitation to a speaking engagement", said Hyde-Smith, who is also a cattle rancher, in a statement Sunday. "In referencing the one who invited me, I used an exaggerated expression of regard, and any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous", she said.

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Espy, who garnered about 41 percent of the vote last week, said Sunday his opponent's statements had "no place in our political discourse".

The national NAACP president Derrick Johnson, who is from MS, said Hyde-Smith's comment shows a lack of judgment.

Hyde-Smith, who was tapped by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant to temporarily succeed retired Sen.

Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to the Senate seat vacated by Thad Cochran in April, is running for her first full term in Congress.

"There's no excuse to say what she said", White said of Hyde-Smith.

"Hyde-Smith's decision to joke about "hanging", when the history of African-Americans is marred by countless incidents of this barbarous act, is sick", said NAACP President Derrick Johnson in a statement Sunday. It's unclear what context the comments were made under, although she appeared to be praising the rancher, Colin Hutchinson.

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