Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Trump rallies Hyde-Smith voters as Espy pushes turnout

Trump rallies Hyde-Smith voters as Espy pushes turnout

Major League Baseball has joined a long list of donors to ask Cindy Hyde-Smith for their money back after the Republican candidate for US Senate in MS made comments about attending a "public hanging".

On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted: "I will be in Gulfport and Tupelo, Mississippi, on Monday night doing two Rallies for Senator Hyde-Smith, who has a very important Election on Tuesday". In the past month, she has gotten in trouble for joking about lynching, which caused corporations to pull donations from her campaign, as well as wearing a Confederate costume, and advocating for voter suppression.

The league said in a statement Sunday it was revoking a $5,000 donation it had made to Hyde-Smith. "They have stooped to a new low, attacking her entire family and trying to destroy her personally instead of focusing on the clear differences on the issues between Cindy Hyde-Smith and her far-left opponent". The victor of the runoff gets the final two years of a term he started.

Later, at a Christmas-themed rally in Biloxi, where Trump emerged on the stage from a chimney, he said that Democrats want to impose an "extreme job-killing agenda" and that a vote for Espy would be a vote for a "Democrat agenda of socialism and open borders".

On immigration, Trump defended the US response to the border clash on Sunday, when USA agents fired tear gas at migrants, some of whom had attempted to climb through fencing and wire separating the countries. He called on his supporters to go out to vote on Tuesday "like it's a holiday".

About 100 anti-Trump protesters were also there, chanting "Impeach 45" as they held signs with red strikes through Hyde-Smith's name. Hyde-Smith's runoff election against Espy, a former congressman and US agriculture secretary, has been far closer than expected thanks to a series of racial controversies, including a photo that emerged of Hyde-Smith wearing a replica hat of a Confederate soldier, and a video in which she said she'd be "on the front row" if invited to a public hanging.

Hyde-Smith said the "public hanging" comment was "an exaggerated expression of regard" for a fellow cattle rancher.

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It was reported that she also wore a Confederate hat while visiting a museum for Confederate president Jefferson Davis.

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Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to fill Thad Cochrane's Senate seat earlier this year, attended Lawrence County Academy. It's the last U.S. Senate race to be decided in 2018 and will determine whether Republicans add to their slim majority. Hyde-Smith posed in a Confederate hat for a 2014 photo captioned "Mississsippi history at its best!"

The Free Press reported the school was created for parents who did not want to send their children to schools with black students.

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But the continued reports have garnered national attention to the runoff race, which is expected to see a higher-than-average turnout. More than 43,000 absentee ballots have been requested and that number could increase, the state secretary of state's office said on Saturday.

About 69,000 absentee ballots were requested before the November 6 election.

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