Republican Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel has a new campaign strategy in his bid for U.S. Senate: Claim that incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith voted for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president.
For weeks now, McDaniel has been posting and retweeting badly photoshopped images of Hyde-Smith – like the one below – with Clinton, complete with slogans like, “She’s With Her.” Here, a social media graphic posted on McDaniel’s official Facebook page explicitly says “Cindy Hyde-Smith Voted for Hillary Clinton.”
But there is no public evidence that she supported Hillary Clinton – either in her 2008 primary bid for the Democratic nomination for president or in her 2016 run for president. The McDaniel camp stood by the assertion, but offered no evidence to back it up.
During Hyde-Smith’s speech, one McDaniel supporter on the front row held a sign that read “Cindy Loves Hillary – BFFs”—a reference to recent accusations McDaniel made that Hyde-Smith voted for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016, rather than then-candidate Donald Trump.