Until a few days ago, the name Cindy Hyde-Smith had no meaning to me, but it has popped up on nearly every media outlet I’ve seen in the past several days.
Who is Cindy Hyde-Smith?
Cindy Hyde-Smith is the junior United States Senator from Mississippi, in office since April 2018. A member of the Republican Party, she was previously the Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce and a member of the Mississippi State Senate. In 1999, Hyde-Smith was elected to the Mississippi State Senate as a Democrat. She represented the 39th district from 2000 to 2012. In 2010, Hyde-Smith switched parties and became a Republican, citing her conservative beliefs.
On March 21, 2018, Governor Phil Bryant announced his intention to appoint Hyde-Smith to the United States Senate seat being vacated due to the resignation of Thad Cochran due to health issues. She ran in the November 6th mid-term elections to finish out Cochran’s term until 2021. She was the front-runner, but as she did not receive 50% of the votes, there will be a run-off election between herself and the democratic candidate, Mike Espy, on November 27th.
Hyde-Smith is a lifetime NRA member, anti-abortion, opposed to same-sex marriage, and supports Trump’s unnecessary and costly wall … pretty typical republican, nothing out of the ordinary, right? FiveThirtyEight, which tracks congressional votes, reported that as of October 2018 she had voted with Trump’s position 100% of the time. Another boot-licker in the pocket of the NRA … yawn.
So why is she all over the news?
Because … on November 2nd, at a campaign stop, while posing with a supporter … a white supporter … she said …
“If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”
Say WHAT??? Have I mentioned that Hyde-Smith’s opponent, Mike Espy, is African-American?
Amid the hue and cry over her remark, at least five corporations asked for their donations back. AT&T, Leidos, and Walmart had donated a total of eight thousand dollars to her campaign but reversed that decision earlier this week. Smaller companies Union Pacific and Boston Scientific have also asked Hyde-Smith to return their donations.
And then, somebody dug up a photo that Hyde-Smith had posted to her Facebook account in 2014 that further inflamed the perception that she is a racist …A rifle and a confederate hat, and she wrote “Mississippi history at its best!” Say WHAT???
Not surprisingly, Donald Trump jumped to her defense, saying …
“She made a statement, which I know she feels badly about it, and it was just sort of said in jest. She is a tremendous woman and it is a shame that she has to go through this.”
Excuse me, Mr. Trump, but there are some things that we do not joke about, and lynching, giving this nation’s shameful history, is one of those things. I know you eschew political correctness and respect for others, but the majority of people in this nation are sensitive to the feelings of others. This was not “in jest”, it was a cruel and racist remark from a woman who has no business representing the people of this nation in Congress.
On Tuesday, 18 days after her heinous statement, Ms. Hyde-Smith issued one of those meaningless ‘apologies’ that politicians are wont to do when they aren’t at all sorry for anything, but they’re taking some heat and … well, you know … elections?
“You know, for anyone that was offended by my comments, I certainly apologize. There was no ill will, no intent whatsoever in my statements. I have worked with all Mississippians. It didn’t matter their skin color type, their age or their income. That’s my record. This comment was twisted, was turned into a weapon to be used against me, a political weapon used for nothing but personal and political gain by my opponent. That’s the type of politics that Mississippians are sick and tired of.”
And if all of this wasn’t bad enough, Hyde-Smith was at yet another campaign stop in Starkville, Mississippi, when she offered her view on voting rights:
“And then they remind me, that there’s a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who that maybe we don’t want to vote. Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult. And I think that’s a great idea.”
For the third time, Say WHAT???
Ms. Hyde-Smith was maintaining a healthy lead in the polls over Espy until the beginning of November when she made her initial racist remark about lynching. Since then, Espy’s numbers have come up and it is a very “tight race”. It should not even be close, folks. Anybody who would even consider casting a vote for this woman at this point cannot possibly be considered anything other than a racist, a bigot of the very worst sort. If Hyde-Smith wins the election next Tuesday, it speaks volumes for the state of Mississippi and its people. This is definitely NOT the sort of person we want to see in Congress!!!