MSNBC Hosts ‘Thankful’ to Guests for Calling Cindy Hyde-Smith a ‘White Supremacist’ and Trump a ‘Predator’

On MSNBC on Tuesday, Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson said that special election candidate Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) is a racist and “white supremacist,” and that white Mississippi voters “exonerate” her for it.

Along with Dyson, MSNBC political analyst Elise Jordan, and Caleb Bedillion — a writer with the Daily Journal in Tupelo, MS — joined hosts Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle for the lengthy segment on the Mississippi special election and racism in the state. Dyson made the comments about Smith, and none of the guests disagreed. Nor did the hosts.

“In Mississippi, with the history, the ghosts of Mississippi, the blood of Mississippi from its rivers Emmett Till died, where Medgar Evers died, where those three civil rights workers, two Jews and a black person died, we have to come to grips with it in 2018,” said Dyson. “And the only way to do that is to take a harder look at what we’re been able to do and not able to do, and then roll up our sleeves, so to speak, and work together.”

“Cindy Hyde-Smith is a racist, a white nationalist, a white supremacist,” he continued. “And it is a shame that white Mississippians would exonerate her in advance, and excuse her for the intimidating hatred that she expresses.”

“God forbid that she would therefore be elected to go to the Senate of the United States do more damage to Mississippians and America in general,” he concluded.

The discussion continued, with Ruhle asking whether they “understand white Mississippians” in general, and the topic revolving around issues of schooling in the state and the history of segregation.

Toward the end of the segment, Dyson also remarked on Donald Trump, whom he called a “predator.”

“Maintaining a rabidly divisive society is not good for all of us,” said Dyson. “And as this president has proved, until we overcome the bigotry and hatred that is spewed from the mouth of this predator and bigot-in-chief, we will not be able to overcome the things that divide us.”

“What a great conversation. What a great, smart conversation,” remarked Ali Velshi as he began to close the segment.

“I really am thankful for that conversation,” he added after a final comment from Elise Jordan.

“I appreciate that conversation,” added Ruhle.

Watch the clip above, courtesy of MSNBC.

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