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The journalists in the press conference ( https://youtu.be/vGc_249TRAs ) were very, very nice to Cindy Hyde-Smith when asking questions about what she meant about being on the front row of a hanging: “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row” ( https://youtu.be/UatRz7reKuc ) They gave her the benefit of the doubt in every way. However, she refused to answer these reasonable questions that everyone wants answered, but rather stonewalled, constantly referring back to her statement:”In a comment on Nov. 2, I referred to accepting an invitation to a speaking engagement. In referencing the one who invited me, I used an exaggerated expression of regard, and any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous.” While she deserved the benefit of the doubt, she should have answered the questions. The journalists were too nice to Mississippi Governor Bryant, who appointed her as interim Senator, and who is an active member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Sarah Huckabee-Sanders’ father, Mike Huckabee, is also a member. And, Mike Huckabee made a mysterious trip to Russia, which no one talks about. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_members_of_the_Sons_of_Confederate_Veterans

Clearly Phil Bryant has no respect for the 38% of Mississippians who are African American! He is supposed to represent all Mississippians. Furthermore, he’s connected to Russia thru the Brexit Boys and thru Haley Barbour (via Barbour’s BGR Group), suggesting that he has no respect for the United States, either. He recently was given a Sons of Confederate Veterans heritage award: “Gov. Phil Bryant receives Sons of Confederate Veterans heritage award“, by Adam Ganucheau, June 18, 2018 http://web.archive.org/web/20180711042843/https://mississippitoday.org/2018/06/18/gov-phil-bryant-receives-sons-of-confederate-veterans-heritage-award NB: Since 2016 Mississippi Today accepts money from Haley Barbour. http://web.archive.org/web/20180425170008/https://mississippitoday.org/who-funds-us/

CNN’s Don Lemon is from Baton Rouge Louisiana, which is around 100 miles away (2 hour drive) from Cindy’s home in Brookhaven, Mississippi. He asked her if that’s an expression that she routinely uses (https://youtu.be/vGc_249TRAs ). She wouldn’t answer that or any other questions. A white Mississippi journalist wonders the same thing. He’s never heard an expression about being on the front row at a hanging, either! See: “Hey, Wicker and Bryant: Cindy Hyde-Smith’s words aren’t the media’s fault” Clarion Ledger Published 3:41 p.m. CT Nov. 13, 2018 by Marshall Ramsey-Mississippi Clarion Ledger https://archive.is/K6iri This makes us continue to wonder if this expression comes from her Kansas grandfather, or is indeed a reflection of growing up in a KKK environment. Governor Bryant attended an all-white (segregationist) “academy”. It is almost certain that she did, as well, but whoever wrote her bio was smart enough to hide the fact.

Watching the video of her refusing to answer questions leaves one with the impression that she is totally brainless, which is perhaps why she is Trump’s yes-girl? Hyde-Smith is Southern Baptist. The Southern Baptist rule about women being submissive to their husbands (men) has apparently worked on her.

Less than four years before Cindy Hyde-Smith was born in Brookhaven Mississippi, and the year before Mississippi Governor Bryant was born: “Lamar Smith (1892 – August 13, 1955) was a U.S. civil rights figure, black farmer, World War I veteran and an organizer of black voter registration. In 1955, he was shot dead in broad daylight around 10 a.m. at close range on the lawn of the Lincoln County courthouse in Brookhaven, Mississippi…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamar_Smith_(activist) Many Mississippi lynchings were shootings.

Cindy Hyde-Smith, the first woman to serve in the US Senate from Mississippi, is running against Mike Espy, who will be the first African American directly elected to the US Senate from Mississippi. Two African American Senators represented Mississippi in the US Senate over 100 years ago, but US Senators were appointed by the legislature at the time, and not elected. Espy campaign statement:

Important article on the topic: http://web.archive.org/web/20181113172724/https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/13/opinions/cindy-hyde-smith-hanging-comment-in-mississippi-lynching-mitchell/index.html