The hypocrisy of the Cindy Hyde-Smith campaign knows no bounds it seems, and its oozing out with each passing day. Much of it centers around her campaign to attract the endorsement of President Trump.
Starting right out of the gate, she tried to claim that Trump had endorsed her, which was a bald faced lie. As we know, the Trump White House was very disappointed with the decision by Phil Bryant to appoint Hyde-Smith, fearing, as a former Democrat, she was likely to lose in the special election in November.
Then, in a desperate attempt to drive a divisive political wedge, she tried to smear Senator Chris McDaniel as a hater of Trump, falsely claiming that he did not support the President. But McDaniel has simply pointed out areas where he and Trump disagree, particularly in matters of political philosophy. He never, not one time, ripped Trump with derogatory language.
In fact, as we have pointed out, McDaniel has been very praiseworthy of Donald Trump since 2015. And, let’s not forget, Donald Trump endorsed Chris McDaniel in 2014 in his race against Thad Cochran.
But Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is desperate for Trump’s support, has big-time supporters who have not been kind to Trump.
As we reported yesterday, her campaign manager, Jordan Russell, trashed Trump during the 2016 presidential primary season, calling him a “con artist,” but other Hyde-Smith supporters have also spewed venom about the President, including Haley Barbour.
In March, Barbour contributed $25,000 to the Mississippi Victory PAC, which is supporting Cindy Hyde-Smith:
Barbour also had some nasty things to say in reference to Trump in 2016, and especially those who support Trump. He did not think Trump would capture the nomination, implying that he had no real solutions but was simply pandering to public anger as a blowhard:
It seems to me common sense says that at some point, we have to start talking about what are different solutions people are going to offer so that the public can choose what I am voting for instead of, you know, give me some more insulting words that don’t have anything to do with trying to get something done.
The public is incredibly dissatisfied with the government and the government has had poor performance [ratings]. So there’s huge dissatisfaction out there. Donald Trump plays to that through celebrity and insults and everybody is stupid.
Haley’s nephew, Henry, also ripped into Trump and Ted Cruz in early 2016, desperately trying to peel away support for the two frontrunners. “Whoever is not named Trump and not named Cruz that looks strong out of both Iowa and New Hampshire, we should consolidate around,” he said.
The comments made Trump so angry that he mistakenly went after Haley Barbour for the comments Henry had made:
Well, look, he’s an old-time politician, he’s been up in my office looking for money many times, and he’s an old-time politician who’s losing his grip. And, frankly, I haven’t heard the name Haley Barbour mentioned in a year and a half, and I guess people don’t like to get out. The fact is whether they like it or not I’m in first place by a lot. Cruz is in second place. And a lot of that is because people are fed up with the old-time politicians like Haley Barbour that haven’t done anything. And you look, we have Barack Obama for the last eight years because of people like Haley Barbour that don’t know what they’re doing, frankly. They’re only good for them themselves, they’re not good for the people.
So, it’s safe to say that Donald Trump is no fan of the Barbours!
And, if you recall, Henry derided Trump as a racist and did not give his unequivocal support to him after he won the nomination: “My expectation has been that I would support the Republican nominee, but I can’t support somebody who would divide the country by race. That’s unacceptable to me and I think unacceptable to most Americans. And so it would make it very hard for me.” This from the guy who was behind the race-baiting campaign against McDaniel in 2014!
But the Barbours are all-in for Cindy Hyde-Smith. The Mississippi Victory PAC was set up exclusively to support Cindy Hyde-Smith and bash Senator Chris McDaniel.
The PAC’s address, as we have pointed out, is the same as the Barbour’s lobbying firm in Jackson:
It is headed by Merle Flowers, a rabid anti-McDaniel former state senator!