Nooses, hate signs found at Mississippi State Capitol Monday

Noose found hanging at MS Capitol Monday Morning

Noose found hanging at MS Capitol Monday Morning

Several nooses were found hanging outside of the Mississippi Capitol building on Monday, a day ahead of a highly anticipated and controversial special election in the state.

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 incident came ahead of the closely watched Senate runoff between Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy, who's vying to become the state's first black U.S. Senator since Reconstruction.

In a stop in Tupelo in early October, Hyde-Smith said in voicing support for a supporter that she would be on the front row of a public hanging if invited by him and the next day at Mississippi State University voiced support for suppressing "liberal voters" at other state schools.

The runoff Senate victor will serve the final two years of the six-year term of now-retired Sen.

The midterms are over, but President Donald Trump is back campaigning in MS to help GOP Sen. The sign also read: "We need someone who respects the lives of lynch victims".

He said the matter is under investigation by the Mississippi Capitol Police.

"She stood up to the Democrat smear machine", Trump said.

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"Let us all respond to these despicable acts by voting, working, raising our families, practicing our faith, and pursuing the American dream here in our great state without fear or trepidation and in harmony with our fellow citizens", Hurst said.

President Donald Trump, speaking tonight in front of a cheering crowd at the Coast Coliseum, urged MS residents to return Cindy Hyde-Smith to the U.S. Senate. She later apologized for the comment.

Hyde-Smith was appointed to the Senate after former U.S. Sen. Officials say they will release pictures of the signs and nooses later Monday.

Espy, a former Clinton administration secretary, hopes to pull off an upset in the deep Red State.

It was not immediately known who put the nooses up or why. His campaign spokesman, Danny Blanton, said Hyde-Smith's "toxic comments are scaring away the kind of investments our state needs to move forward" and costing MS jobs.

Hyde-Smith is favored to win in a state that voted for Mr. Trump over her by 18 points. Two nooses were found dangling over a tree branch and above a smattering of hateful signs.

"She certainly didn't mean that and it was taken a certain way, but she certainly didn't mean it and as I understand it, she's already apologized and very strongly", Trump said.

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