Trump tweets support of MS senator ahead of runoff

Yearbook cheerleader pic allegedly shows GOP Sen. Hyde-Smith at 70s high school segregation academy

This isn't the first time the league has made financial contributions to Hyde-Smith.

Hyde-Smith's support of Trump is unmistakable.

On the heels of controversy over a videoed remark in which Hyde-Smith joked about attending a "public hanging" - loaded words in a state where lynchings of African Americans were once rife - CNN reported on Saturday that a review of Hyde-Smith's legislative history found that she "once promoted a measure that praised a Confederate soldier's effort to "defend his homeland" and pushed a revisionist view of the Civil War". The runoff election for the seat is coming on Tuesday.

The photo, and the recently appointed Republican senator's attendance at one of the many private schools that was set up to bypass integration, adds historic context to comments she made in recent weeks about a "public hanging" that drew condemnations from across the political spectrum.

Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is white, faces Democrat Mike Espy, who would be the first black USA senator from MS since Reconstruction.

Hyde-Smith is the first woman to represent MS in Congress since a temporary Senate appointment in April.

Hyde-Smith should enjoy a decided advantage if she can convince McDaniel's voters to support her in the runoff election on November 27.

The donation was made Friday, after Hyde-Smith had already come under fire for controversial comments made on the campaign trail. MS is a traditionally red state, with the three of the four House representatives being Republican and the other senator, Roger Wicker, also being Republican.




MS has a history of racially motivated lynchings and violence against people who sought voting rights for black citizens, and Hyde-Smith has been sharply criticized after two videos surfaced this month. Thad Cochran (R), who stepped down for health reasons. She said there are as many as 95,000 Black women in the state who historically vote in presidential elections but not at other times.

The victor Tuesday finishes the final two years of a term started by Republican Sen. The Washington Post reported that in 2001, Hyde-Smith introduced a bill as a state senator to rename a stretch of highway to what it had been called in the 1930s: the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway, after the president of the Confederacy.

Yearbook photos from Lawrence Academy, which is now closed, show Hyde was a cheerleader for a team that had a rebel mascot who carried a Confederate battle flag.

President Trump has waded into the last Senate midterm election tomorrow after the incumbent caused a race row that could end in her losing her safe MS seat in a run-off this week.

"She is an outstanding person who is strong on the Border, Crime, Military, our great Vets, Healthcare & the 2nd A. Needed in D.C", he wrote. She and her campaign have refused to discuss the Confederate hat.

Democratic Senate candidate Mike Espy met with a jubilant crowd in Meridian Sunday afternoon.

It's the last U.S. Senate race to be decided in 2018 and will determine whether Republicans pad their slim majority.

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