Two nooses and a number of signs with hateful language were discovered on the grounds of the MS state capitol building on Monday morning, the day before a runoff election is set to commence between a Republican with a questionable past and her black Democratic opponent.
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety says the nooses were accompanied by handwritten signs referring to Tuesday's election as well as to lynchings - majority in the state's turbulent past, but also one recent case that remains under investigation, of a black man whose body was found hanging in central Mississippi. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is white, and Democrat Mike Espy, who is black.
Hyde-Smith has come under fire for her comment about attending a "public hanging" and voter suppression, which her campaign later said was a joke. MS is preparing for a U.S. Senate runoff Tuesday between Republican Sen.
Trump has campaigned heavily for her. One sign says MS needs a senator "who respects the lives of lynch victims".
He said the matter is under investigation by the Mississippi Capitol Police.
Kathryn Rhea said she was a Trump fan, but "more fan of the office". "We need someone who respects lives of lynching victims", one sign read. Hyde-Smith remarked that she would go to a "public hanging," a comment she said was made in jest and eventually apologized for. I know her. And I know she apologized.
MS - which still has the Confederate battle emblem on its state flag - has a history of racially motivated lynchings.More news: Karachi struck by terror as gunmen attack Chinese consulate
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Adams says the entire country will be affected by the outcome of this election, especially since President Trump needs all the Republican Senate votes he can get for future Supreme Court nominations. Thad Cochran's six-year term.
It says MS had 581 lynching during that time, the highest number of any state.
Espy has served in Congress and was a secretary of Agriculture under President Bill Clinton.
"While I can't speak to their mindset, it is notable that it was done the day before the special election", McIntosh said. One of the signs says MS needs a senator "who respects the lives of lynch victims".
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Bryant commented earlier on Hyde-Smith's remarks by saying that the real issue was how abortion was creating a Black genocide.
Espy, who in 1986 became the first African American from MS elected to the U.S House in the modern era, and Hyde-Smith, appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to replace long-term Sen.