Apologies if the thread title, necessarily brief, is misleading. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), currently still campaigning for re-election since a run-off election is needed later this month, is now on record ‘complimenting’ one of her supporters by saying “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.” There is a video recording of Ms. Hyde-Smith’s statement, so she hasn’t denied the fact. Instead, her defense is that this was just her way of ‘complimenting’ her supporter. I don’t recall every using such a statement as a pick-up line, or to express admiration; maybe that’s just me.
In the run-off election, Ms. Hyde-Smith’s opponent is a black man who served as Secretary of Agriculture under Bill Clinton.
Mississippi has a long history of lynching black men, e.g. the civil rights workers depicted in the film Mississippi Burning. Mississippi is credited with almost 600 such lynchings, more than any other state. Among many other examples, 14 year-old Emmet Till was accused of whistling at a white woman. Here is a picture of Emmet Till. Click the right-arrow at the link to see his picture after he was punished for this ‘crime.’
Perhaps this thread belongs in Great Debates. Is this woman suitable to serve in the United States Senate? Should Republicans proudly encourage their ilk to vote for her in the runoff election?