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President Trump Holds Rally in Tupelo to Support Cindy Hyde-Smith

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President Trump Holds Rally in Tupelo to Support Cindy Hyde-Smith

President Trump arrives in Tupelo.

President Trump arrives in Tupelo.

Gina Nguyen

President Trump arrives in Tupelo.

Gina Nguyen

Gina Nguyen

President Trump arrives in Tupelo.

Brady Suttles, News Editor

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Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

Crowds of people gathered outside of Tupelo Regional Airport on Monday, Nov. 27, to attend President Donald J. Trump’s rally to support Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith during her Senate runoff against Mike Espy.

This year’s special election in early November ended in a split-vote from the Republican party between Chris McDaniel and Hyde-Smith as well as Mike Espy for the Democrats, forcing a runoff election between Hyde-Smith and Espy.

The Tupelo event started with a prayer from the minister of Life Church, where he asked for President Trump to lead with courage.

Following the prayer was a pledge by Chad McMahon, during which he informed supporters of his reasons for supporting Trump, listing the industries that had since returned to Mississippi from overseas after Trump’s 2016 election.

Congressman Trent Kelly then rallied the supports to “show them just how red we are tomorrow,” referring to Tuesday’s run-off election. He made additional remarks, saying, “I promise our economy is humming,” before commenting on Hyde-Smith’s recent vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Kavanaugh.  

Recently re-elected senator Roger Wicker gave further comments of support for Hyde-Smith. Wicker thanked those in attendance for his re-election and commented on the low unemployment rate of the nation, including that of Hispanics and African Americans. Wicker informed voters that “the choice is clear tomorrow.”  After Wicker, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant took the stage thanking Trump for making his fifth trip to the Republican stronghold state.

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Many women showed support for President Trump and Senator Hyde-Smith.

After introductions were made by state officials in support of Hyde-Smith, around 4:20 pm, the president made a grand entrance to the rally. Trump opened his speech by relating to Mississippi voters through Elvis Presley.

After warming up the audience, Trump continued to make a light-hearted introduction to his speech, pointing out the media pit near the center of the rally. Making a reference to “fake news,” he expressed his disagreement with the location of the media to the stage, claiming that “If we had [the media] back a little further, we’d have the people here with us.”

If we had [the media] back a little further, we’d have the people here with us.”

— President Trump

Later, to his Mississippi supporters, he addressed the current Senate runoff, explicitly voicing his support for Hyde-Smith. Trump emphasized Mississippi as a red state, expressing his belief in the futile attempts Espy had made to shift the state’s traditional politics. Giving rally attendees reassurance, he used Florida as an example and pointed out that his appearance to states ensured that they would vote Republican.

After introducing his support of Hyde-Smith as well as re-iterating Hyde-Smith’s support of Trump, the president shifted gears to present his policies and discuss the changes made in the country since  his administration’s “America First” agenda. Two large signs behind Trump read “Promises made. Promises kept.”

The “Promises made. Promises kept” slogan seemed to echo the opinion of those attending the rally. When asked why they came to the rally, most voters responded that they were there to support their president.

“I love Trump. Love Trump,” Tina Boozer of Rogersville, Alabama, said. But she also attended the rally believing the run-off carried crucial implications. “We need her [Hyde-Smith] to win so we’ll have a 53-47 count in the Senate,” she said.

This count she is referring to is the number of elected Republicans and number of elected Democrats.

Patsy Montgomery, a resident of Tupelo, said she was at the rally to “show support to President Trump and Senator Hyde-Smith.” Montgomery said she hopes to leave the dirty politics out of the election. When asked how she thought the race would go, she responded with a confident statement, “Cindy’s gonna win.”

Another native of Tupelo, Didi Cantrell also added that she was there to see the President. When asked why she supported Hyde-Smith, she responded that Hyde-Smith supports President Trump’s agenda.

Interestingly, there were some in attendance who had not decided on who they would vote for. Lisa Biggs, a Trump supporter from Belmont, Mississippi, said her reason for attending was to see Trump; however, she had not decided on who she would vote for yet, stating her political views aligned more with Mike Espy.  After Hyde-Smith’s recent comments on public hangings, Biggs did not take kindly to her words.

“We should be equal, and what she said does not demonstrate equality. We don’t need any more racists leading Mississippi.”

After polls closed Tuesday night Senator Hyde-Smith was declared the winner in a 53% to 46.1% win. Republicans now hold 53 seats in the Senate, and Democrats hold 47.

 

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