The South has been losing Republican senators, and do not want to lose another. Walmart donated to Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) after she made an ugly racist comment that went viral. Once it came to the organization’s attention what the candidate had done, the company not only pulled its support — it requested a refund via a tweet:
‘After lynching comments, Walmart donates to Cindy Hyde-Smith’
‘Hi Debra. Completely understand your concern. Sen. Hyde-Smith’s recent comments clearly do not reflect the values of our company and associates. As a result, we are withdrawing our support and requesting a refund of all campaign donations.’
The senator was playing to the lowest common denominator. However, she actually gave black voters a reason to go to the polls. In addition, white voters will be motivated to go out and prove that racism is not their belief.
Walmart saw the video of Hyde-Smith making a comment about being in the “front row” of a “public hanging” should she be invited. The largest employer in the country is based out of Arkansas and had given the Republican candidate $2,000 for her campaign.
The Republican has been running against Democrat Mike Espy. The two face a close runoff election November 27th. Espy’s communications director, Danny Blanton released a statement about Hyde-Smith’s racial slur on the campaign site:
‘For a state like Mississippi, where voting rights were obtained through sweat and blood, everyone should appreciate that this is not a laughing matter. Mississippians deserve a senator who represents our best qualities, not a walking stereotype who embarrasses our state.’
Republicans have spent $3 million on this Mississippi senator’s vote compared to the Democrats $1 million.
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