For Cindy Hyde-Smith, the embattled GOP nominee for this Tuesday’s Senate runoff in Mississippi, the Confederacy — that white supremacist political movement that attempted to rip apart the U.S. — apparently did nothing wrong.
The latest revelation emerged Saturday from CNN, when a 2007 resolution came to light. The resolution, authored by Hyde-Smith, praised Confederate soldiers as those who “defend[ed] their homeland” and “contributed to the rebuilding of the country.” Needless to say, the resolution flies in the face of basic facts — namely, that Confederate soldiers not only slaughtered American soldiers, but actively tried to destroy the U.S.’s territorial integrity in the pursuit of the expansion of slave power.
The resolution arose due to Hyde-Smith’s attempt to honor the daughter of a Confederate soldier. With “great pride,” the resolution also noted that it was working with the Sons of Confederate Veterans to honor those who participated in the Confederacy.
The revelation is the latest evidence that Hyde-Smith has a massive soft spot for the treasonous minds behind the Confederacy. For instance, in 2001, Hyde-Smith attempted to rename a highway in Mississippi after a traitor par excellence: Confederate head Jefferson Davis.
And just two years ago, the Washington Post reported that Hyde-Smith awarded a group called the “Dixie Alliance” a prize for the best float in a parade. The group, according to the Jackson Free Press, believes that the “South was right to exercise its moral and legal grounds to declare independence,” deriding “Leftist influences” in an effort to keep Confederate monuments up across the state.
For good measure, the Jackson Free Press added that Hyde-Smith attended a “segregation academy” for school.
Donald Trump announced that he would travel to Mississippi on Monday to stump for Hyde-Smith.
I will be in Gulfport and Tupelo, Mississippi, on Monday night doing two Rallies for Senator Hyde-Smith, who has a very important Election on Tuesday. She is an outstanding person who is strong on the Border, Crime, Military, our great Vets, Healthcare & the 2nd A. Needed in D.C.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2018
Hyde-Smith’s views, of course, aren’t entirely without support. Some far-right voices continue to claim that Confederate soldiers were simply “defending their land from an invading Northern army,” as if the Southern states weren’t part of the U.S. (and as if the Confederate soldiers hadn’t attacked a federal installation at Fort Sumter).
And just this month, a group of neo-Confederates huddled outside Dallas in the “largest secession conference” in the U.S., plotting how to break up the U.S. once more.
This would be outrageous if it wasn't an easily verifiable fact that almost all the Confederate soldiers were in fact poor Southerners defending their land from an invading Northern army. And few of them owned slaves. https://t.co/cg5ScRwKWX
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) November 25, 2018
The revelations are the latest blow to Hyde-Smith’s campaign, where she’s facing Democratic candidate Mike Espy. They also follow multiple other racist mutterings, from Hyde-Smith advocating for voter suppression to saying she’d be happy to join a “public hanging.”
Hyde-Smith’s campaign is suddenly feeling the financial pinch thanks to her views coming to the surface. Companies like Walmart and AT&T have asked for their donations back — although Major League Baseball, which has already donated thousands of dollars to her, continues to back her campaign.