Nooses, Hate Signs Found On Mississippi Capitol Grounds Day Before Contentious Runoff

28 November, 2018, 00:30 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Nooses found by Mississippi Capitol day before runoff election	 	 	 			Courtesy AP

Two nooses were found hanging from trees at the state Capitol on Monday.

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith was supposed to cruise to victory in Tuesday's MS runoff election.

The matter is under investigation by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Mississippi Capitol Police and the US attorney's office. An investigation is underway.

The nooses and signs were found outside the Capitol building after Mississippi news station WLBT received a tip Monday morning, communications director for the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration Chuck McIntosh told NBC News. "On Tuesday, you can reject Espy's liberal policies by voting for Cindy Hyde-Smith - the Republican who stands strong for our conservative values", her campaign said Monday a statement.

Additionally, Hyde-Smith once promoted a measure that praised a Confederate soldier's effort to "defend his homeland" and pushed a revisionist view of the Civil War, CNN's KFile reported over the weekend. Hyde-Smith is considered the favorite in the runoff due to the clear Republican lean of the Magnolia State but her campaign has drawn a series of negative headlines over the past few weeks, headlines that have injected race into the, well, race.

"I don't know how many Mississippians can really relate to an income that can command a $750,000 cheque from one person for a lobbying job", Hyde-Smith, who is a cattle rancher, said during a November 20 debate.

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Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith heads to the Senate Policy luncheon in the Capitol, June 26, 2018. And, given that Hyde-Smith was in the process of showing some pretty ugly true colors at the time, Major League Baseball should not have done it.

"I can't connect that to her".

She said the hanging remark was an "exaggerated expression of regard" for the supporter, but the remarks drew sharp criticism in a state with a 38 per cent black population.

A video of Ms Hyde-Smith apparently encouraging voter suppression also emerged on Twitter.

The midterms are over, but President Donald Trump is back campaigning in MS to help GOP Sen. I don't know what's in your heart - but we all know what came out of your mouth.



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