Hyde-Smith, indebted to Trump and facing re-election, pledges POTUS her unwavering support


U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, in a last-minute effort to bolster the Republican Party’s majority in the U.S. Senate, traveled to Mississippi in late November 2018 with one mission: Get U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith elected.
In two stops in one day just hours before the runoff special Senate election in 2018, Trump flew to rallies in Tupelo and Biloxi to boost Hyde-Smith, the appointed senator who had stirred up controversy in a runoff election against Democratic heavyweight Mike Espy.
“Cindy is so important, so respected,” Trump said in Tupelo. “If we win tomorrow, (Republicans in the Senate) will be at 53-47.”
Hyde-Smith won that runoff election, in great part because of Trump’s endorsement, and became the Senate’s fifty-third Republican. With key votes expected in his trial, including whether to call witnesses, allies are crucial.
Now more than a year later, Hyde-Smith is emboldened by the hyper-partisan moment and is working hard to repay the man who solidified her place in Washington. The Senate began hearing arguments this week from the Democratic-led House, which voted to impeach him in December.
Once timid around reporters and prone to public gaffes, Hyde-Smith, with another year of working among one of the most polarized political bodies in U.S. history, is embracing her identity as a Republican senator in 2020.
“As the impeachment hearings begin, I will be fighting for President Trump,” she tweeted on Jan. 22, the second day of impeachment hearings in the Senate.
A team of seven House Democrats is laying out a case to the Senate why the president should be removed from office, but most members are sticking firmly to party lines. Hyde-Smith has shown unwavering support for Trump on social media, referring to the impeachment trial as a sham and a hoax, brushing aside the notion of impartiality.
Mississippi Today reached out to Hyde-Smith