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WATCH: Mississippi GOP Senator who joked about ‘public hanging’ appears to promote voter suppression of ‘liberals’

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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.

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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.”

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