UPDATED 6:57 AM PT — Wed. Nov. 21, 2018
Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is apologizing for making controversial comments about attending a public hanging at a campaign event earlier this month.
She offered the apology during Tuesday’s debate with her Democrat challenger Mike Espy as the state counts down to a November 26th runoff election.
“For anyone that was offended by my comment, I certainly apologize,” she stated. “There was no ill will, no intent whatsoever.”
Senator Hyde-Smith explained how Democrats twisted the meaning of her words for political gain in a state largely seen as a Republican stronghold.
Despite the apology, Espy’s campaign is still trying to use the comments against her.
“Well, no one twisted your comments, because the comments were live, you know, it came out of your mouth — I don’t know what’s in your heart, but we all know what came out of your mouth,” Espy said. “It went viral within the first three minutes around the world and so, it’s caused our state harm, it’s given our state another black eye that we don’t need, it’s just rejuvenated old stereotypes that we don’t need any more.”
President Trump will be in Mississippi next Monday to campaign for Senator Hyde-Smith on the eve of the highly anticipated runoff election.