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This just looks uglier and uglier. White Mississippian from Brookhaven, acting US Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, talking about hangings and not wanting certain people to vote, when an African American voting rights activist was shot dead on the Brookhaven courthouse lawn just a few years before she was born in Brookhaven. Worse, he was allegedly shot by a Smith, and her husband’s name is Smith. His kinfolk? He is apparently from Brookhaven, as well. If you thought it couldn’t get any worse, she was appointed as interim US Senator by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, who is a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans and received the Sons of Confederate Veterans heritage award this year! He’s also connected to Russia through the Brexit Boys and through Haley Barbour of BGR Group. And, apparently through Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ father, Mike Huckabee, who is a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans, and who has his own Russian connections – both known (WCF) and possibly unknown (unaccounted for trip to Russia). Plus, she is running for US Senator against Mike Espy, who will be the first African American elected to the US Senate from Mississippi. There were two African American US Senators who represented Mississippi over one hundred years ago, but they were appointed. Hyde-Smith is the first female US Senator from Mississippi, and sadly is a major embarrassment.
Could Eudora Welty or John Grisham come up with this storyline? Maybe.
Update note: Will Bunch wrote on November 18th: “The filmmaker Beauchamp told me he’s found loose family ties between Hyde-Smith’s in-laws and key players in the segregation fight — that his research shows husband Michael Smith is related to 1955 arrestee Mack Smith and that Michael Smith’s sister married the grandson of segregationist judge Tom Brady. None of that is surprising, perhaps, in such a close-knit community. The alleged killer Noah Smith died in 1975 and was buried in Macedonia Baptist Church, the same church where Cindy Hyde-Smith has been a Sunday school teacher.” See: “Why the blood of a 1955 Mississippi murder drenches today’s U.S. Senate race“, by Will Bunch Posted: November 18, 2018 – 1:56 PM. http://web.archive.org/web/20181119000626/http://www2.philly.com/philly/columnists/will_bunch/cindy-hyde-smith-mississippi-senate-race-mike-espy-lamar-smith-1955-murder-20181118.html
News Release from the Espy campaign:
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2018
Cindy Hyde-Smith Crashes and Burns on Camera for the Second Time This Week with Comment on Voter Suppression
JACKSON, Miss.–Today a new video was released showing Cindy Hyde-Smith talking about voter suppression with a group of supporters.
“And then they remind me, that there’s a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who that maybe we don’t want to vote,” she says in the recording. “Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult.”
Danny Blanton, communications director for the Espy for Senate campaign, responded with the following statement:
“For a state like Mississippi, where voting rights were obtained through sweat and blood, everyone should appreciate that this is not a laughing matter. Mississippians deserve a senator who represents our best qualities, not a walking stereotype who embarrasses our state.” ### See original and more here: https://espyforsenate.com/cindy-hyde-smith-crashes-and-burns-on-camera-for-the-second-time-this-week-with-comment-on-voter-suppression
Link to video of Hyde-Smith at Mississippi State University in Starkville. https://twitter.com/LamarWhiteJr/status/1063192983254822912 Shortly after World War II (ca 1950), MSU built a library that looked remarkably like the 1930 extension of Hitler’s chancellery – fascist architecture. Strange for a “cow college”. They have since remodeled it to a better style.
Cindy Hyde married Michael Smith to become Cindy Hyde-Smith. One can but wonder if he is kin to the white Smiths who allegedly shot and killed an African American voting rights activist (also named Smith) on the courthouse lawn in Brookhaven Mississippi, where she and her husband live and apparently were both born. She grew up in nearby Monticello. The population of Brookhaven was 12,520 in 2010. 47.55% are white, meaning there are 4,688 whites. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brookhaven,_Mississippi
Some churches have more members than that, so it’s not far-fetched to think that he could be kin.
“On the morning of August 13, 1955, Lamar Smith, an African-American World War I veteran active in voter registration drives, was shot and killed outside the Brookhaven, Mississippi, courthouse. The victim had worked on the campaign of a man running against the incumbent in a county supervisor race. The run-off election for the supervisor was to take place days after the shooting. Three white men, Noah Smith, Mack Smith, and Charles Falvey, were arrested for the shooting. According to an August 17, 1955 Daily Worker article, a state Coroner’s Jury heard testimony for four hours on the night of August 16 and then ruled that the victim had died as a result “of a gunshot wound in an altercation with Noah Smith, Mack Smith and Charles Falvey and probably other parties unknown… Similarly, XXXXXX, who was active in the local political reform movement, told the FBI that subject Noah Smith was an active supporter of the incumbent county supervisor and objected to the victim encouraging people to vote by absentee ballot. As a result, Noah Smith and the other two subjects argued with the victim and then shot and killed him.
All three subjects are deceased…. ”
The Sheriff was also named Smith:
“On September 13, 1955, an all-white Brookhaven grand jury failed to return any indictments. The district attorney reported that the sheriff, Carnie E. Smith, refused to make an immediate arrest “although he knew everything I know”. The district attorney further reported that the sheriff told him he saw Noah Smith, one of the accused, “leave the scene with blood all over him. It was his duty to take that man into custody regardless of who he was, but he did not do it…“https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamar_Smith_(activist)
Courthouse photo found here: http://www.mdah.ms.gov/timeline/zone/1955/
There is apparently a new courthouse now.
It was easy to trace Cindy Hyde-Smith’s ancestry, but obviously Michael Smith is more difficult. We suspect that Cindy Hyde-Smith is distantly kin to former Congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois. Her Hyde grandfather was born in Kansas and she looks a lot like Henry Hyde. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Hyde Her Mississippi family appears to have migrated from South Carolina. The real objective of looking at her pedigree was to look for possible klan ties, but we were unable to find anything to either prove or disprove ku klux klan ties.
“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 Mississippi Today has received funding from Republican Haley Barbour since 2016.
Mike Huckabee’s known connection to Russia: http://web.archive.org/web/20180829071359/https://www.profam.org/world-congress-of-families-leadership-memo/ He made a mysterious visit to Russia, as well. He tweeted about it but never said why he was there. WCF is Russian funded – by Konstantin Malofeev and perhaps others.