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… https://t.co/2IGuymXkbb— Lamar White, Jr. (@Lamar White, Jr.) 1542319935.0
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, s… https://t.co/jyyvq52Rkl— Burgess Everett (@Burgess Everett) 1542323041.0