Trump Backs Under-Fire Senator Hyde-Smith

Trump rallies Hyde Smith voters as Espy pushes turnout

The state leadership is also firmly in GOP hands, with the governor, the state House, and the state Senate all controlled by the GOP.

Cindy Hyde-Smith is once again under fire for a race-related issue, after the Jackson Free Press in MS reported Friday that she graduated from a high school segregation academy. I am the candidate that wants to move MS into the future. That's where the similarities end. Trump won 58 percent of the state's vote in 2016, and Hyde-Smith has tied herself closely to his presidency. She also served for eight years in the MS state Senate, where she was chair of the Agriculture Committee.

Espy, who was U.S. agriculture secretary under Bill Clinton, spoke on Saturday about how he and his twin sister were among 17 black students who integrated the all-white Yazoo City high school in 1969, graduating in 1971.

In the November 6 primary election, Hyde-Smith received 41.5 percent of the vote, while Espy received 40.6 percent and Republican Chris McDaniel received 16.5. Several dozen people waited in a line that stretched out of the Hinds county courthouse in downtown Jackson, including a retired home economics teacher, Illinois Cox Littleton, 92, who said she voted for Espy because she considers him "a highly intelligent man".

"They want to cut our Social security and Medicare".

The MLB made its contribution to her campaign weeks after the senator made those comments. Should Espy prevail, Republicans would hold just a 52-48 advantage in the Senate. Joni Ernst, Hyde-Smith spoke to Republican stalwarts at a Meridian museum Sunday afternoon. She supports "common-sense, patient-centered" health care reforms, as long as it doesn't expand the government's role in health care. He said of Espy, "Oh, he's far left, he's out there".

Hyde-Smith is a proponent of a stronger border and has supported Trump's wall. He said he knows "where her heart is and her heart is good". Maybe we want to make it just a little more hard. She's been seen in a photo wearing a replica hat of a Confederate soldier and in a video praising a supporter by saying, "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row".

President Trump announced that he will be traveling to MS on Monday to endorse Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Hyde-Smith has made some controversial comments during her campaign, including making a reference to a "public hanging". Trump said she made it somewhat "in jest" and that she felt bad about it. "That means that MS over party, MS over person - I don't care how powerful that person might be". "She's going to be a great senator". Trump has previously thanked Hyde-Smith for voting for "our Agenda in the Senate 100% of the time". Then they fly to the Gulf Coast for a rally in Biloxi.

"I also think it's curious that this resolution - which ostensibly is about honoring the "daughter" - really seems to be an excuse to glorify the Confederate cause", Silber said.

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