Nooses found hanging at Mississippi Capitol

30 November, 2018, 06:27 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Trump speaks during a rally at the Tupelo Regional Airport in Tupelo. — AFP

But on Monday, he painted Democrats as radical and risky as he stumped for Republican Sen.

Cindy Hyde-Smith, 59, would be the first woman ever elected to Congress from MS, and Democrat Mike Espy, 64, would be the state's first African-American U.S. senator since Reconstruction.

Even though the results of the 2018 midterm elections have been widely decided, CNN reported President Trump suggested that a win for Democratic candidate Mike Espy would "revoke" Republican wins.

"That's not what she was meaning when she said that", he said.

In one ad, a narrator says, "We can't afford a senator who embarrasses us and reinforces the stereotypes we've worked so hard to overcome". She said it was "an exaggerated expression of regard".

One Republican working on the runoff who requested anonymity to discuss private polling said the race has tightened recently, but expressed confidence Hyde-Smith would be elected.

Hyde-Smith drew fire for praising a supporter by saying she would attend a "public hanging" if he invited her.

Mr. Trump held a festive, Christmas-themed rally for Hyde-Smith in Biloxi Monday night, and a rally earlier that day for her in Tupelo, 300 miles to the north. Tuesday's election will determine whether Hyde-Smith or Espy will serve the remainder of Cochran's term, which ends in 2020. Cochran, 80, resigned earlier this year, citing health concerns.

If victorious, Espy would become Mississippi's first black senator since Reconstruction and the first Mississippi Democrat elected to the Senate since 1982. "I could go over this, how does he fit in?" said President Donald Trump, who held rallies in Mississippi Monday to endorse Hyde-Smith.

Two nooses and a number of signs with hateful language were discovered on the grounds of the MS state capitol building on Monday morning, the day before a runoff election is set to commence between a Republican with a questionable past and her black Democratic opponent.


Trump gave a shout-out to the "king of rock "n" roll" after taking the stage and said that, when he was young, "other than the blond hair, they said I looked like Elvis".

MS voters will head to the polls in the final midterm race of the election season.

"We can not allow Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to revoke that victory by winning the state of MS", he said according to the CNN report. "I have stood up for you and you know I will continue to stand up for the conservative values of MS".

His campaign has pushed the idea that electing Ms Hyde-Smith would stoke the trope of Mississippi as a racist southern state. However, in our sample we do not see strong signs of such a lopsided turnout in Espy's favor.

Ms Hyde-Smith's campaign meanwhile has critiqued Mr Espy's lobbying work and affiliations with an Ivory Coast dictator.

At the debate with Hyde-Smith, Espy embraced the slogan "Mississippi first", a transparent tribute to Trump, declaring, "Mississippi first means I value MS over everything else - over party, over persons, over everybody".

The comment called up dark memories of lynchings in the state. The discovery comes just before Tuesday's runoff election between Democrat Mike Espy, who is black, and Republican Sen.

Hyde-Smith, who was appointed in April to fill retired Republican Sen.

"I don't talk to them as white voters. Because I was not guilty", Espy told the Associated Press in October. "I wish we could be like Alabama who had enough with Roy Moore, you know".

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