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GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith Hilarious Again, 'Let's Not Let Black People Vote' Edition

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This is the third time this week we've covered the mixed up files of Mrs. Cindy Hyde-Smith. I'm as happy about it as you are, but the US Senator from Mississippi has a bad habit of confessing to bad things in front of cameras. She's clearly a politician best suited for a simpler, more racist time, or at least an alternate reality where cameras weren't invented. Even the most detailed sketch of her saying stupid stuff wouldn't have the same impact.

Hyde-Smith faces Democrat Mike Espy in a runoff election on Nov. 27. Video surfaced Thursday of her at a recent campaign stop in Starkville, Mississippi, promoting the practical benefits of voter disenfranchisement.

"And then they remind me that there's a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who ... maybe we don't want to vote," Hyde-Smith is heard saying. "Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult. And I think that's a great idea."

Starkville is home to Mississippi State University, and I presume she still wants students and faculty there to vote. Hyde-Smith refers to "liberal folks in those other schools." There are quite a few historically black colleges in Mississippi because the state didn't allow black people to attend their world-renowned institutions until the 1960s. Professional election stealer Brian Kemp from Georgia had also expressed concerns about too may people voting. How can you unfairly win a race under those conditions?

The senator's campaign spokesperson Melissa Scallan responded to the incident in a brief statement yesterday before easing the pain with sweet liquor: "Obviously Sen. Hyde-Smith was making a joke and clearly the video was selectively edited." I'm surprised Scallan didn't try to claim it wasn't Hyde-Smith in the footage all all, just some other blonde bigot. Hyde-Smith's "joke" took place literally the day after she'd "joked" about attending general admission lynchings. Maybe she's missed her true calling and should just quit the Senate and tour comedy clubs across the state: "If you've ever been too drunk to fish, you might be a redneck. And if you've ever checked your makeup in a country club bathroom mirror and seen my reflection, you might be a racist."

Espy's campaign doesn't find Hyde-Smith that amusing, but in fairness black people never got "Seinfeld," either. Danny Blanton, Espy's spokesperson, called the senator a "walking stereotype who embarrasses our state."

"For a state like Mississippi, where voting rights were obtained through sweat and blood, everyone should appreciate that this is not a laughing matter," Blanton said in a statement.

Black people in Mississippi had been cut off from voting for the first half of the 20th Century due to segregation laws and outright fear tactics. This only ended through fierce effort on the part of Civil Rights activists. The black and white volunteers who worked to register as many black Mississippians to vote as possible during 1964's Freedom Summer faced harassment from both private citizens and the police, as well as outright violence. Eighty volunteers were beaten, four Civil Rights workers were killed, and 30 black homes and business were bombed or burned. If conservatives believe kneeling during the National Anthem disrespects veterans, they should also agree that "joking" about the "wrong people" voting disrespects the veterans of the cold war for equality that was waged on Southern streets.

It's one thing for Hyde-Smith to not honor the sacrifice of true American heroes. Maybe it was raining. I don't even expect her to feel a smidgeon of shame for the state's not-so-ancient history. But voter suppression is a very real, ongoing Republican tactic to retain power. Hyde-Smith just said the quiet parts out loud. She can also use the "liberal folks" as a code all she wants, but any serious look at voting patterns in Mississippi reveals that the threat to Hyde-Smith's seat comes from black people voting in significant numbers.

CNN Mississippi Senate Special Election Exit PollCNN

Lamar White Jr., who runs the Louisiana commie site the Bayou Brief, caught both Hyde-Smith's public hanging and voter suppression yukfests on tape. Presumably, Hyde-Smith's campaign will keep a watch out for him until the runoff is over. White Jr. will just have to invest in multiple hats and shirts to disguise himself. Keep up the good work, sir.

Oh, and everyone throw some greenbacks to Mike Epsy here.

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.


Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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