JACKSON, Miss | Critics rebuke Mississippi senator’s ‘public hanging’ remark
JACKSON, Miss. — A newly published video shows a white Republican U.S. senator in Mississippi praising someone by saying:
“If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who faces a black Democratic challenger in a Nov. 27 runoff, said Sunday that her Nov. 2 remark was “exaggerated expression of regard” for someone who invited her to speak and “any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous.”
Mississippi has a history of racially motivated lynchings of black people.