Then. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) Laughed repetitively sexist joke as a speaker at a 2011 Mississippi Farm Bureau Convention that the audience guffawed in a newly upgraded video.
It’s the latest controversy to beat the candidate on the threshold of a special election that President Donald Trump stumped for her in Mississippi on Monday night.
“If your wife knocks on the front and the dog barks on the back door, what are you loading first?” Hyde-Smith asked in her convention speech, men cited as she called “crusty gentlemen.” Punchlineen? “The dog of course. It stops barking when it comes in.” (See the video above, start at 9:25.)
She also repeated a joke about a man who meant that his wife was a witness to a armed robbery, apparently like a trick to convince the robber to shoot her in her head.
Hyde-Smith told joke at the Farm Bureau Convention when she was Mississippi’s Agriculture Commissioner, a selectable position.
She pointed out that some men had a hard time imagining her in the role. But she made no negative comments about the jokes she repeated, which triggered laughter from the audience.
She also said that before voting as a commissioner, she campaigned with her female driver at Gautier’s club. When she and her female driver were asked if they were the pole dancers, she told them “No,” she said laughing. “I took Gautier really big. And that’s all we’re going to say about it.” (At 8:35 in the video.)
Hyde-Smith has already been accused of racism and she lost campaign contributions to joking earlier this month as she would be willing to look at a “public hangout” (she apologizes later) and to post in a confederate hat. It is also revealed that Hyde-Smith’s parents sent her to a segregated school.
But the convention video, published on the farm agency YouTube channel and reposted on Twitter, is the first major event that triggers sexism against Hyde-Smith.
Some defenders on Twitter said that Hyde-Smith simply repeatedly sexist jokes. Others, dumbfounded by the sexist diggers, said that offensive joke should not have been repeated and definitely not with a smile and no comment about why they were inappropriate.
Hyde-Smith was appointed Senate earlier this year by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) to fill the seat relocated by former late Thad Cochran (R). She meets former congressman Mike Espy (D) in a special election Tuesday.