Trump to Head to MS to Boost Hyde-Smith in Runoff

Elias Hubbard
November 18, 2018

The visit comes a day before voters will decide between Hyde-Smith and Espy on who will fill the final two years of the term of the Senate seat that was long held by Thad Cochran.

The president will hold a rally at 8 p.m. that day at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, his campaign confirmed Saturday.

Hyde-Smith received the maximum $2,700 donation from the Washington-based businessman.

Hyde-Smith, the state's first female lawmaker in congress ever, was appointed to the Senate earlier this year, following the retirement of Senator Thad Cochran.

President Donald Trump will return to MS to support Republican Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith in her runoff against Democrat Mike Espy.

Louisiana political blogger Lamar White Jr. posted a video Sunday morning of Hyde-Smith at a Tupelo campaign event November 2.

Major television networks, cable news shows and national news publications joined MS media in reporting her comment and the state's history of lynching African-Americans.

The senator's campaign said anyone trying to cast the statement about the hanging in a negative way is "ridiculous" and that she was joking in her comment about limiting the voting ability of liberals. Zieve said he donated to Hyde-Smith because she was a Republican and he was unaware of her lynching comments.

Hyde-Smith earned national headlines in recent days after the release of video showing her making controversial remarks.

They also mark the fifth and sixth visits to MS by Trump since he began his presidential campaign in June 2015.

Hyde-Smith's campaign did not respond to calls from the Jackson Free Press to confirm the donation.

Trump's upcoming trip to MS was publicized earlier in the week as a possibility, but not confirmed.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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