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In State with Bloodiest Lynching History, Hyde-Smith Says She Would Attend ‘Public Hanging’

By Chad Smith on November 13, 2018.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., who represents the state with the highest number of lynchings during the Jim Crow era, said earlier this month that she would be more than happy to attend a “public hanging” if a prominent supporter invited her.

Hyde-Smith made the remark at a campaign stop on Nov. 2 in Tupelo, less than 100 miles from the site of one of the nation’s most notorious lynchings -- the murder of Emmett Till on Aug. 28, 1955, in the town of Money.

"If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row,” Hyde-Smith said of Colin Hutchinson, a cattle rancher supporting her campaign.

The comment was first reported by Lamar White Jr., who runs the progressive Louisiana politics blog The Bayou Brief.

Hyde-Smith was appointed to the Senate in April to replace Sen. Thad Cochran and will face former Rep. Mike Espy, a Democrat, in...

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