Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith States Her Public Lynching Joke Against Black Opponent Was Taken Out Of Context

Looks like we won’t be celebrating the end of racism anytime soon #Family! Mississippi Senator #CindyHydeSmith has been captured in a now viral video, openly joking about the public lynching of her opponent Mike Epsywithin the race for senate. Did we mention he just so happens to be a Black Man?

"If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row” states Hyde-Smith during a campaign rally in stop within Tupelo, Mississippi. According to #NBC ; Mississippi is well known for its extreme racial issues. With a total of 581 lynchings from 1882 to 1968; the state of Mississippi holds the title for the most lynchings within the nations history.  “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." states Hyde-Smith after receiving immediate back-lash for her distasteful comment.

Epsy has since then spoken out against the Hyde-Smith’s remarks, stating that her behavior makes her unfit for any position within the US government. “Cindy Hyde-Smith's comments are reprehensible. They have no place in our political discourse, in Mississippi, or our country. We need leaders, not dividers, and her words show that she lacks the understanding and judgment to represent the people of our state”