Trump Defends Cindy Hyde-Smith ‘Hanging’ Comment Because Of Course He Does

Surprising absolutely no one who has been paying attention for the last three years, our white nationalist president has decided to double-down on his support of a US Senate candidate who “joked” about her eagerness to attend a “public hanging” (read: lynching).

“Cindy Hyde-Smith is a spectacular woman. She’s a great senator,” Donald Trump said in a press opportunity before leaving Washington for Thanksgiving weekend. “She came in and she’s done a fantastic job in a short period of time.”

Hyde-Smith has been a senator since April. The adjudicated fraudster and alleged president gave no specific examples of the “fantastic job” she has done since then, instead telling us how sorry-not-sorry she is.

“She made a statement, which I know that she feels really bad about it, and was just sort of said in jest,” Trump whitesplained. “She’s a tremendous woman and it’s a shame that she has to go through this.”

Get that? The shameful thing isn’t that she “joked” about a “public hanging” (read: lynching). The shameful thing is that anyone would give her grief for telling such an unfunny “joke” in Mississippi. Really, what is wrong with you people?

Echoing her leader, Hyde-Smith almost-sort of-apologized for her remark last night in a debate with Democratic opponent Mike Espy, then accused her rival of being the one with the problem.

“For anyone offended by my comments, I certainly apologize. There was no ill will intended,” she said. “I have worked with all Mississippians. It didn’t matter their skin color type, their age or their income. That’s my record.”

Then: “My comments were taken and twisted and used as a political weapon by my opponent. It was just wrong. That’s the type of politics that Mississippians are sick and tired of.”

To his credit, Espy was ready with a retort. “Well, no one twisted your comments because your comments were live — you know, they came out of your mouth,” he replied. “I don’t know what’s in your heart, but we all know what came out of your mouth.”

Actually, Hyde-Smith has given us a couple of small windows into her heart, for example by standing next to Greg Stewart, a neoconfederate hate group leader, to smile and take pictures at a confederate museum and glow about it on her Facebook page. She opened another little window by declaring that it should be harder for “liberals” (read: black people) “in those other schools” (read: black colleges and universities) to vote.

Of course, it remains to be seen how many white Mississippi voters will care about any of this, but Donald Trump is very enthusiastic for Cindy Hyde-Smith, and that may have a perverse effect on a tightening race.

Call it a silver lining. Trump wants to hold at least two, and as many as three, Mississippi rallies in the last days before the election. Rather than knock on doors, make phone calls, or do anything else that might actually turn out voters, Hyde-Smith’s supporters will spend those precious hours howling for the public hanging of Hillary Clinton.

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