Mississippi U.S. Senate nominee Cindy Hyde-Smith has been receiving backlash after a video showed her making a joke about a public hanging.
Cell phone video shared to Facebook, shows the comment made at a campaign event in Tupelo on November 2nd.
Hyde-Smith can be heard saying, “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”
Her opponent Mike Espy responded to the video with this statement:
“Cindy Hyde-Smith’s comments are reprehensible. They have no place in our political discourse, Mississippi, or our country. We need leaders, not dividers, and her words show that she lacks the understanding and judgement to represent the people of our state.”
Hyde-Smith responded to any criticism with a statement:
“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.”
The run-off between Hyde-Smith and Espy will be November 27.