Nooses, hate signs found at Mississippi State Capitol Monday
28 November, 2018, 03:30 | Author: Angel Logan
President Donald Trump is heading to MS for two rallies to try to keep a Senate seat in Republican hands. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is in a runoff Tuesday against Democrat Mike Espy.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold two campaign rallies - one in Tupelo, Mississippi and another in Biloxi - on Monday afternoon in support of embattled Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who has come under fire in recent weeks for comments in which she joked about attending a public hanging.
Hyde-Smith was seen in another video talking about making voting hard for "liberal folks", and a photo circulated of her wearing a replica Confederate military hat during a 2014 visit to Beauvoir, a beach-side museum in Biloxi, Mississippi, that was the last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis.
"We are hanging nooses to remind people that times have not changed", reads one of the signs, according to the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, which oversees the Capitol Police.
The sign above references Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who apologized "to anyone offended" by her remarks about going to public lynchings.
At a midday event, before the content of the signs was disclosed, Espy said he knew nothing about the nooses or signs. He has said the comment perpetuated negative stereotypes about MS and hurt investment.
Another sign noted that MS had the highest record of lynchings between 1882 and 1968 - a statement backed by data on the NAACP's website. It says MS had 581 during that time, the highest number of any state.
The runoff Senate victor will serve the final two years of the six-year term of now-retired Sen.
Trump has campaigned heavily for her. She said she was reacting to a rancher standing next to her who had invited her to a speaking engagement. And sure enough, Tuesday's runoff election isn't on everyone's radar here.
The senator's comment evoked the lynching of African Americans in a state whose past is rife with racial violence.
Espy campaigned as someone who would be able to bridge the partisan divide in Washington.
"The most striking thing is that this race has been at least seen as competitive, and there's been some energy for Espy and Democrats in the state", said Jonathan Winburn, a political scientist at the University of Mississippi. It's the third decade of the 21st century.
Espy is seeking to become the first African-American U.S. senator from MS since Reconstruction.
Nevertheless she is expected to win in the staunchly Republican state.
But Mr Espy faces an uphill struggle, and would need to overwhelmingly win the black vote and a substantial number of white voters to unseat his Republican opponent. "If he loses, it's a brief statement about MS being unrepentant".
Hyde-Smith was appointed to replace former Sen. She noted that the country's ex-president, Laurent Gbagbo, is being tried in the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. His campaign spokesman, Danny Blanton, said Hyde-Smith's "toxic comments are scaring away the kind of investments our state needs to move forward" and costing MS jobs.
"She certainly didn't mean that and it was taken a certain way, but she certainly didn't mean it and as I understand it, she's already apologized and very strongly", Trump said. "I resigned the contract".
She isn't optimistic about Espy's chances, but she's voting for him.
He was joined by Mississippi's Republican leadership of Gov. Phil Bryant and Sen.
Espy said he refused to accept offers of plea deals.
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