JACKSON, Miss | Critics rebuke Mississippi senator’s ‘public hanging’ remark

11Nov - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News



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.

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