Trump Hails “Outstanding Person” Cindy Hyde-Smith

The Guardian reports:

As Donald Trump prepares to travel to Mississippi for two rallies ahead of Tuesday’s runoff Senate election, the Republican candidate has come under new pressure over reports of involvement with Confederate imagery and history. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is white, faces Democrat Mike Espy, who would be the first black US senator from Mississippi since Reconstruction.

On the heels of controversy over a videoed remark in which Hyde-Smith joked about attending a “public hanging” – loaded words in a state where lynchings of African Americans were once rife – CNN reported on Saturday that a review of Hyde-Smith’s legislative history found that she “once promoted a measure that praised a Confederate soldier’s effort to ‘defend his homeland’ and pushed a revisionist view of the Civil War”.