Rock and roll legend Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, where the president held the first of two rallies to boost Republican Sen.
The comments by Hyde-Smith, who is white, made Mississippi's history of racist lynchings a theme of the runoff and spurred many black voters to return to the polls Tuesday where she faced Democrat Mike Espy.
Getty Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith peaks out from behind a curtain before a rally with US President Donald Trump at Landers Center Ð Arena in Southaven, Mississippi, on October 2, 2018.
"You'll say I'm very conceited", Trump added joking, "Other than the blond hair when I was growing up they said I look like Elvis".
"I've known her for a period of time now as a senator", he said.
Trump's mission will be to rally the faithful toward Hyde-Smith, who has faced campaign setbacks after her comments this month about a "public hanging" seemed to allude to Mississippi's tortured history of lynching of African Americans.
"She felt very badly", he said.
She apologized during a recent debate with Espy, but insisted her remark was "twisted" by opponents for political gain.
The runoff was rocked by the video, in which Hyde-Smith said of a supporter, "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row".
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Trump is holding two rallies Monday to help Hyde-Smith finish the final two years of the term started by Republican Thad Cochran.
Another sign referred to Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American who was lynched in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman. Cindy Hyde-Smith, 59, would be the first woman ever elected to Congress from MS, and Democrat Mike Espy, 64, would be the state's first African-American U.S. senator since Reconstruction.
Both Smith and Hyde-Smith are extremely religious, and attend a baptist church regularly, called Macedonia Baptist Church. Anna Michael said that when Hyde-Smith was considering her Senate run, the family was constantly "talking to God".
Investigators are trying to find out who hung seven nooses in trees outside the MS legislature early on Monday, a day before a US Senate vote that has focused attention on the state's history of racist violence.
President Donald Trump fired up a MS rally crowd Monday by referring to barbed-wire fences erected by military troops along the U.S. -Mexico border as "pretty nasty".
A civil rights group is challenging Mississippi's absentee voting procedures in a lawsuit filed on the eve of the U.S. Senate runoff election. One sign said MS needs a senator "who respects the lives of lynch victims". Then she issued an apology to "anyone who was offended", without indicating that there was actually anything to cause offense.
Hyde-Smith, appointed to the seat seven months ago, becomes the first woman elected to the upper chamber from MS, and will finish a term that ends in two years. Hyde-Smith was appointed to the seat in April after GOP Sen.
Espy, meanwhile, said on Monday he knew nothing about the nooses or signs, and added it would be "unfair" to make any connection between the items and Hyde-Smith.
MS has a history of racially motivated lynchings. "They're not putting their best in there, right?" he said. Hyde-Smith and McConnell by Fox News weren't immediately returned. "I talk to them as Mississippians - Mississippi young people who want to reduce their debt coming out of college, Mississippi young people who want to stay in this state, and not go to Atlanta and Dallas to get a good job", Espy said after voting. "I was going to vote for Mike Espy anyway".