Senator apologizes for ‘public hanging’ remark, says her words were ‘twisted’ into a ‘political weapon’ | Fox News
'NO ILL WILL': A white U.S. senator from Mississippi apologized Tuesday night after drawing criticism for saying she’d be willing to attend “a public hanging" ... Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican who is the state’s first female member of Congress, issued the apology during a debate against her Democratic opponent, Mike Espy, who is African-American. The pair will face each other in a runoff election next Tuesday. "For anyone that was offended by my comments, I certainly apologize. There was no ill will, no intent whatsoever in my statement," Hyde-Smith said during the televised debate. A video released last week included Hyde-Smith making the remark at a campaign event in Tupelo on Nov. 2. The senator praised a local cattle rancher, saying: "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row." Earlier Tuesday, President Trump came to Hyde-Smith’s defense, saying the controversial comment was made in jest.