Nooses, Hate Signs Found On Mississippi Capitol Grounds Day Before Contentious Runoff

Hannah Rogers
November 28, 2018

Despite Hyde-Smith's comments on "public hangings", and other ties to an allegedly racist past, her chances of winning another term as a U.S. Senator representing the state of MS are promising.

"While I can't speak to their mindset, it is notable that it was done the day before the special election", McIntosh said.

Adams says the entire country will be affected by the outcome of this election, especially since President Trump needs all the Republican Senate votes he can get for future Supreme Court nominations.

"I know her, and I know she apologised, and she misspoke", the Republican president told reporters on his way to the southern state.

But Ms. Hyde-Smith's verbal missteps have made it a race.

Hyde-Smith was in her second term as Mississippi's elected agriculture commissioner when Republican Governor Phil Bryant chose her to temporarily succeed longtime Republican Senator Thad Cochran, who retired in April amid health concerns.

"If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be in the front row", Hyde-Smith said in reference to one of her supporters.

But on a real note, President Trump's MS rally was to encourage people to vote for the Republican incumbent against her Democrat challenger Mike Espy in the MS midterms special election.

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The president slammed Espy, saying he cared more about "illegal aliens" than the people of Mississippi.

"I've never heard a negative ad, I've never heard a positive ad", she said of him. Such donations have come under fire due to Hyde-Smith's recent comments and actions making jokes out of lynchings and glorifying Confederate history.

Dianne Swennumson and her husband have supported Republicans in the past but say they're appalled by Mr. Trump's rhetoric and behavior.

"So insensitive. So insensitive", she said at a McDonald's in Biloxi.

"I think he has a chance but I think this is Mississippi", Swennumson said.

She isn't optimistic about Espy's chances, but she's voting for him. "I wish we could be like Alabama who had enough with Roy Moore, you know".

Nevertheless she is expected to win in the staunchly Republican state.

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