Donald Trump tore into Mississippi to support the last Republican senator to run for election. He jetted between two local cities to support the racist woman in a runoff race against a President Barack Obama secretary of agriculture, Mike Espy. Cindy Hyde-Smith has been running a race filled with serious mistakes of her own making, but this one caught her off-guard.
Blue Cross Blue Shield just dropped its support for her and asked Hyde-Smith for a refund of its donation to her campaign. This was just the last of big organization jumping off of her ship: Walmart, T&T, Pfizer, and Major League Baseball, plus one more big one.
A Blue Cross Blue Shield spokesperson told Rantt Media this about their $1,000 donation to Senator Hyde-Smith:
‘BCBSA has requested a refund of our contribution.”
Google has also confirmed that it had asked for its $5,000 refund back, too, and rescinded its support of the Mississippi senator.
The reason that Hyde-Smith provoked the ire of these economic giants is how she presented herself to the public. Last month, she was seen in a tweet saying she liked a donor so much that:
‘If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.’
Mississippi was the state with the most hangings of black people in the nation. This history was recent enough that many people recalled family members and friends who were tortured, hung, and desecrated or feared this themselves.
The senator also joked about voter suppression. In addition, Hyde-Smith had herself photographed standing with a member of a hate group.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Greg Stewart was listed as a member of the hate group, Free Mississippi.
The senator laughed her comment off as a joke, but hangings, also known as lynchings, of black people was never a joke. According to the NAACP:
‘From 1882-1968, 4,743 lynchings occurred in the United States. Of these people that were lynched 3,446 were black. The blacks lynched accounted for 72.7% of the people lynched. These numbers seem large, but it is known that not all of the lynchings were ever recorded. Out of the 4,743 people lynched only 1,297 white people were lynched. That is only 27.3%. Many of the whites lynched were lynched for helping the black or being anti lynching and even for domestic crimes.’
Mississippi held the record for most lynchings between the years of 1882 to 1968: 581. Georgia came in second, with a total of 531. Texas had a total of 493. Most of the lynchings occurred in the South, 79 percent.
There were many states that never lynched a white or a black person, “Alaska, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.” Then, there were the states who had lynching, but did not hang any blacks, according to the NAACP:
‘Arizona, Idaho, Maine, Nevada, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wisconsin.’
Hyde-Smith’s gaffes have made this runoff about racism, but her opponent, Espy had hoped to run as an inclusive candidate. On Espy’s campaign site, he said:
.’..I offer my candidacy- to rise above party and partisan wrangling in an effort to appeal to all Mississippians- as we unite to show the nation, at the end of this second decade of the 21st century- just how far we have come.’
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