Trump jumps in to Senate race with racist overtones

Trump jumps in to Senate race with racist overtones

Kerry Wise
November 28, 2018

Which makes the news that broke last night rather surprising: the MLB PAC donated the legal maximum - $5,000 - to Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith from MS ahead of her special runoff election against Democrat Mike Espy.

Over weekend, Major League Baseball created a firestorm of controversy for itself when it made a $5,000 donation - the maximum donation allowed under the law - to MS senator Cindy Hyde-Smith. Joni Ernst, an Iowa Republican.

Democrat Mike Espy spoke Saturday about how he and his twin sister were among the 17 black students who integrated the all-white Yazoo City High School in 1969, graduating in 1971.

Espy was introduced by Ayanna Pressley, a Massachusetts Democrat who will join Congress next year after unseating an incumbent in the primary. Hyde-Smith was captured in a viral video making remarks about attending a "public hanging". She has been facing intense scrutiny recently over having attended a white private school that was founded after court-ordered school desegregation of public schools. It says her father "fought to defend his homeland and contributed to the rebuilding of the country".

Lawrence County Academy was established in 1970, one year after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered MS to desegregate its schools. Joni Ernst has been corrected in this item. MS hasn't elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1982.

It was reported that she also wore a Confederate hat while visiting a museum for Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Jones did what Espy is trying to do - win as a Democrat in a conservative, Republican-dominated state.

Major League Baseball's donation, coming after Hyde-Smith's controversial comments and actions, created an immediate backlash once it was discovered last night. The candidates are vying to replace longtime Republican Sen. Thad Cochran retired. The victor of Tuesday's runoff gets the final two years of the term Cochran started.

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Hyde-Smith was appointed by MS governor Phil Bryant to fill the Senate seat vacated by ailing Sen.

While the MLB front office has donated to many political candidates on both sides of the aisle during this past campaign - including Ted Cruz, Dianne Feinstein, Jeff Flake and more - donating to a candidate who has fallen into hot water like Hyde-Smith can make for a weird look for the league as a whole.

After the event in Tupelo, best known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley, Hyde-Smith and Trump flew to the Gulf Coast for a larger rally in Biloxi where thousands of Trump supporters were waiting.

She is the first woman to represent MS in Congress, and Espy is seeking to become the first African-American to represent the state in the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction. She has been campaigning in a runoff against Democrat Mike Espy on November 27.

Tuesday's victor gets the final two years of a six-year term.

But the continued reports have garnered national attention to the runoff race, which is expected to see a higher-than-average turnout.

More than 43,000 absentee ballots have been requested for the runoff, and that number could increase as circuit clerks continue compiling information, the MS secretary of state's office said Saturday. The runoff election for the seat is coming on Tuesday.