Donald Trump throws his weight behind race-row senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

Yearbook cheerleader pic allegedly shows GOP Sen. Hyde-Smith at 70s high school segregation academy

MLB seeks return of donation to GOP candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith following her controversial comments

"I guess you could juxtapose my experience with her experience", Espy told The Associated Press.

Facing public backlash, Major League Baseball has asked Republican Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith to return a $5,000 donation made to her campaign. The contribution was heavily scrutinized because Hyde-Smith thanked her host at a public appearance earlier in the month by joking, "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row". And on November 15, a video surfaced of Hyde-Smith saying, "there's a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who that maybe we don't want to vote".

The photo shows the school's mascot dressed in what appears to be a Confederate uniform holding a Confederate flag.

Hyde-Smith has drawn fire for attending a white private school that was founded after court-ordered school desegregation of public schools. The newspaper included photos from the school's yearbook, including a group photo of the cheerleading squad, of which Hyde-Smith was a member.

Johnson gave the maximum donation of $2,700 to her campaign.

She apologized and blamed her opponents for "twisting" her remarks to make her look bad. Even on trade and tariffs, where Trump's decisions could hurt MS farmers, Hyde-Smith praised the president. The former congressman was agriculture secretary under President Bill Clinton. Later Sunday, on a conference call for the Espy campaign, Democratic U.S. Sen. "If the story is correct, she consciously made a decision to separate, and my parents consciously made a decision to be inclusive". I chose to use that very hard time to learn from and try to reach out to people of all races. The caption identifies a sophomore student as Cindy Hyde.

Tuesday's runoff election will conclude the 2018 midterms.

But race has become a dominant issue as Hyde-Smith faces Espy, a former congressman and US agriculture secretary. In the center, the mascot, dressed in what appears to be an outfit created to mimic that of a Confederate general, offers a salute as she holds up a large Confederate flag.

Saturday was the deadline for in-person absentee voting. The above-linked article (read it in full) notes that her official bio "conspicuously" omits mention of her high school years.

Hyde-Smith was appointed as a temporary successor to longtime Republican senator Thad Cochran, who retired in April.

The runoff election Tuesday will decide who serves the final two years of a term begun by Republican Sen. Even on trade and tariffs, where Trump's decisions could hurt MS farmers, Hyde-Smith praised the president. He has to close the gap in a state where Trump received 58 percent in 2016 and that hasn't elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1982.

"Cindy Hyde-Smith will support President Trump's agenda, and President Trump's agenda includes a better America for all of us, every state, including MS", said Virginia Olander from Bay St. Louis. She shares his position on the border, the military, crime, health care, and the Second Amendment.

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