The cycle’s last Republican candidate for Senate, everyone:
Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith posed for a photo wearing a Confederate soldier’s hat and holding a rifle in a Facebook post that surfaced Tuesday.
Hyde-Smith took the photo during a 2014 visit to the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library. “Mississippi history at its best!” Hyde-Smith exclaimed.
Davis was the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, and his former estate now includes a library and museum in his honor.
“I enjoyed my tour of Beauvoir. The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library located in Biloxi,” Hyde-Smith wrote. “This is a must see. Currently on display are artifacts connected to the daily life of the Confederate Soldier including weapons. Mississippi history at its best!”
The photo comes as Hyde-Smith is under fire after saying during a campaign stop earlier this month that she would gladly attend a “public hanging” if one of her supporters invited her. She is running against Democrat Mike Espy, who is African-American, in a Nov. 27 runoff.
She also likes to say the quiet parts loud:
Lamar White Jr., the publisher of the Bayou Brief, a nonprofit news site in Louisiana, tweeted a video on Thursday showing Hyde-Smith speaking with a small crowd in Starkville, Mississippi, in early November. “And then they remind me that there’s a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who maybe we don’t want to vote,” she says in the video. “Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult. And I think that’s a great idea.”
A drive down Brookway Boulevard, the main drag in Brookhaven, is a living testament to the racial complexities of Mississippi. As dozens of towns across the state have stopped flying the state flag, the last in the nation containing the Confederate battle emblem, Brookhaven has doubled down: A state flag flies every 50 yards on both sides of the two-mile stretch of road.
About a mile east of the interstate, Brookway Boulevard intersects with U.S Highway 51. In 2001, Hyde-Smith’s second year in the state Senate, she introduced legislation to name a portion of Highway 51 for Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy who had no ties to the area. The bill died in committee.
Hyde-Smith remains an overwhelming favorite.