President Donald Trump has reiterated his support for Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith who continues to face the fallout over racially charged comments she made earlier this month.
Hyde-Smith, a close ally of President Trump, is defending her MS senate seat against former Democratic Congressman and Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy in a run-off election on Tuesday.
The Jackson Free-Press reported a story Friday that explored Hyde-Smith's time at one of Mississippi's so-called segregation academies-schools established throughout the South by white parents trying to avoid public school integration. Trump has previously thanked Hyde-Smith for voting for "our Agenda in the Senate 100% of the time".
"Mississippi history at its best!" she wrote.
Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Hyde-Smith to fill retiring Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., during a televised Mississippi U.S. Senate debate Tuesday in Jackson, Miss.
"Democrats will also destroy your health care by inviting caravan after caravan after caravan" of immigrants into the country illegally, he claimed, warning they would wreak havoc and bankrupt the Treasury Department. The victor will finish the final two years of a term started by GOP Sen.
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While Hyde-Smith has taken a brazenly conservative stance on most issues, Espy has also played up his willingness to work with conservatives, and hasn't promoted some of the more left-leaning policies of his party, such as open borders and Medicare for all. And on November 15, a video surfaced of Hyde-Smith saying, "there's a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who that maybe we don't want to vote".
In the final weeks of campaigning, race has become a dominant issue. In the center, the mascot, dressed in what appears to be an outfit created to mimic that of a Confederate general, offers a salute as she holds up a large Confederate flag. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick - have been to MS to campaign for the former congressman who served as agriculture secretary in 1993 and 1994 under Democratic President Bill Clinton.
For Espy, turnout is key. He has to close the gap in a state where Trump received 58 percent in 2016 and that hasn't elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1982. "That means that MS over party, MS over person - I don't care how powerful that person might be". He said the comment was "a little flip" but said she apologized and that he'd "heard that loud and clear".
The measure "rests on an odd combination of perpetuating both the Confederate legacy and the idea that this was not really in conflict with being a good citizen of the nation", said Nina Silber, the president of the Society of Civil War Historians and a Boston University history professor.
Major League Baseball made the contribution on November 23, which was after the controversy erupted in the press. The same progressive blogger who published the video later published one in which she told a small group at Mississippi State University that suppressing the votes of students at other colleges was "a great thing".