Trump support pays off for senator

Published 9:57 pm Friday, August 24, 2018

The support of President Trump and his policies has finally paid off for Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Trump on Thursday tweeted out his endorsement of the new senator, the final piece of the campaign puzzle that will make Hyde-Smith the favored Republican candidate in November.

Trump tweeted that Hyde-Smith supports a border wall, “is helping me create Jobs, loves our Vets and fights for our conservative judges.”

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In another tweet, Trump said: “Cindy has voted for our Agenda in the Senate 100% of the time and has my complete and total Endorsement. We need Cindy to win in Mississippi!”

“I have voted consistently for his agenda because I believe he is taking the right steps to make this country great again — lowering taxes, securing the border and nominating true conservatives to the Supreme Court,” Hyde-Smith said. “I thank him for his support, and I look forward to continuing to work with him on these and other issues.”

Hyde-Smith’s Republican opponent, Chris McDaniel, has also aligned himself with Trump, with him and Hyde-Smith trying to “out-Trump” one another.  McDaniel on Friday accused Hyde-Smith of not voting with Trump on a budget bill that didn’t include border wall funding.

His attacks are the kind underdogs launch when the race is not shaping up to their liking.

Hyde-Smith, who is smart enough to understand the political game that must be played heading into November, has sided with Trump at every chance.  She has expressed support of just about every decision he has made, and stayed silent when others have been critical of him.

The biggest knock against her was that she was formerly a Democrat. McDaniel has tried unsuccessfully to make that fact a bigger part of this campaign. With Trump’s endorsement in hand, any notion that she is not conservative enough just won’t hold water with voters.

We expect Hyde-Smith to be the lone Republican standing after the Nov. 6 election, if not the outright winner of the race.