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Hyde-Smith Jokes About Sitting "Front Row" at "Public Hanging"

Chris McDaniel supports his former GOP opponent in the Nov. 27 runoff.

Nov. 12, 2018, 11:04 a.m.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) at a recent event in Tupelo praised a supporter, cattle rancher Colin Hutchinson, by joking: "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row.” (Bayou Brief)

Former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy (D) on Sunday “called Hyde-Smith’s comments ‘reprehensible.’” Espy: “They have no place in our political discourse, in Mississippi, or our country. We need leaders, not dividers, and her words show that she lacks the understanding and judgment to represent the people of our state.” (Washington Post)

Hyde-Smith: "In a comment on Nov. 2, I referred to accepting an invitation to a speaking engagement. In referencing the one who invited me, I used an exaggerated expression of regard, and any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous." (release)

CHRIS-TENED. State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) “said he wants to help unite the state GOP, supports … Hyde-Smith in her Nov. 27 runoff … and is open to helping her in her continuing campaign.”

“McDaniel attributes his failing to make the runoff to one factor: President Donald Trump—whom McDaniel says he still ‘adores’—endorsing Hyde-Smith. McDaniel said he heard Thursday that Trump's rally in Southaven in support of Hyde-Smith ‘caused a 30-point swing’ in an area that had been one of McDaniel's strongholds of support.

McDaniel: "We recognize (the Trump endorsement) just gutted a large percentage of our base. … I don't want my base being unhappy or mad at President Trump. We need to help him get his agenda done. … It's obviously no secret that (Hyde-Smith) and I have significant policy disagreements, but President Trump has endorsed her, and I'm going to support President Trump.” (Jackson Clarion Ledger)

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