Nooses, Hate Signs Found On Mississippi Capitol Grounds Day Before Contentious Runoff

27 November, 2018, 11:26 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Cindy Hyde Smith and Donald Trump

Two nooses and several hate signs were found hanging at the Mississippi State Capitol Monday around 7:15 a.m.

Gov. Phil Bryant said those responsible for hanging the nooses and placing the signs outside the Capitol would be "identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law" in an emailed statement to the Mississippi Clarion Ledger.

The Senate runoff on Tuesday is between Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy, in a race that has increasingly taken on racial overtones. She later apologized for the comment.

"If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row", Hyde-Smith said, referring to a supporter, during a campaign stop in Tupelo on November 2.

It was not immediately known who put the nooses up or why.

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Trump's defense of Hyde-Smith comes just as her father-in-law prepares to travel to MS and headline two separate rallies for the embattled Republican incumbent, who has lost funding and faced criticism for "public hanging" that's been widely considered racist.

"I always considered that a great compliment", he said.

The matter is under investigation by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Mississippi Capitol Police and the US attorney's office.

Espy is trying to become the first African-American to represent MS in the Senate since Reconstruction. "If we find evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that a federal crime has occurred, these criminals will be swiftly prosecuted".

Hyde-Smith campaign spokeswoman Melissa Scallan later condemned the nooses by saying: "Obviously, this behavior is offensive and has no place in a civilized society". Nooses hung on the trees of the capitol's south lawn on Monday, according to authorities. It says MS had 581 during that time, the highest number of any state.



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