Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith won her U.S. Senate runoff against former congressman and agriculture secretary Mike Espy despite her racist background.
During the campaign, Facebook photos emerged of Hyde-Smith posing with Confederate items with the caption “Mississippi history at its best!” as well as news that she had once attended a white segregated school and sent her daughter to one. She also told supporters that she’d be “on the front row” if one of her supporters “invited me to a public hanging.”
Donald Trump, who held a rally in Tupelo in support of Hyde-Smith, congratulated her on Twitter, saying he was “very proud.”
Congratulations to Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith on your big WIN in the Great State of Mississippi. We are all very proud of you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2018