Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) made headlines for making a supposed joke about going to a “public hanging” — and was recorded the next day making comments that appear to promote voter suppression of Democrats.
“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,” Hyde-Smith said in a clip posted by reporter Lamar White, Jr.
“Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult,” the Senator appointed by Mississippi’s governor following the resignation of longtime Sen. Thad Cochran said. “And I think that’s a great idea.”
White noted that Hyde-Smith made the comments on November 3 — the day after she was recorded joking that she’d sit in the front row of a “public hanging” if a man she was praising invited her.
Cindy Hyde-Smith on voter suppression: "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." Nov 2nd in Columbus, MS. pic.twitter.com/OxNY77XCft
— Lamar White, Jr. (@LamarWhiteJr) November 15, 2018
In a statement to Politico‘s Burgess Everett, Hyde-Smith campaign spokesperson Melissa Scallan claimed the video was “selectively edited” and that the appointed senator was “obviously” joking.
“Obviously Sen. Hyde-Smith was making a joke and clearly the video was selectively edited,” Scallan said, adding that “the liberal media wants to talk about anything other than Mike Espy’s record of corruption.”
"Obviously Sen. Hyde-Smith was making a joke and clearly the video was selectively edited," said Melissa Scallan, spokeswoman for the campaign. "Now the liberal media wants to talk about anything other than Mike Espy's record of corruption" https://t.co/Gd5xlbIv1C
— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) November 15, 2018