Mississippi Senator Makes Joke About Public Hangings

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November 12, 2018 – Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith has drawn harsh criticism for a “joke” made while campaigning earlier in November:

“If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”

Hyde-Smith is in a runoff on Nov 27th against Mike Espy. pic.twitter.com/0a9jOEjokr

— Lamar White, Jr. (@LamarWhiteJr) November 11, 2018

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) called the senator’s comments on public hanging “beyond disrespectful and offensive.” Thompson added that their state of Mississippi has a history that includes “one of the highest numbers of public lynching, that we know of, than any other state in this country.”

In a rebuttal of the criticism, Hyde-Smith called the remark an “exaggerated expression of regard, and any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous.”

Do you think joking about public hangings in a state known for its lynching history is Funny or Offensive? VOTE and COMMENT now…

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