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MSNBC host tries to pin 'racist' display on Republican — and falls flat on her face

MSNBC host Nicole Wallace received an immediate correction from one of her guests when she tried to pin a "racist" demonstration in Mississippi on a Republican candidate in that state's election for a U.S. Senate seat. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot)

MSNBC host Nicole Wallace got corrected live on her own show when she tried to falsely pin a supposedly racist demonstration on Mississippi Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith.

'I just want to be clear...'

Wallace was decrying a statement made by Hyde-Smith on Tuesday when she tried to pin the blame on the Republican for nooses found hung from trees in Mississippi.

"I think what a lot of people wonder," Wallace opined, "not just coastal elites, but people from states other than Mississippi, how can people vote for someone who joked about public hangings?"

"Who went to a segregation academy," she continued, "I believe it's been reported, her daughter did or does, as well.

"And you already see, and I don't know that you could say there's a cause and effect," Wallace said, "but yesterday two nooses were found hanging on two different trees at the state Capitol."

"Well, the nooses were put up in protest to highlight Cindy Hyde-Smith and her statement," clarified her guest Elise Jordan. "So that was a protest move. I just want to be clear about what was behind that."

"No, no, thank you!" Wallace responded.

Wallace was referring to a joke that Hyde-Smith was caught making at a campaign stop. “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row," she said. The comments were derided as insensitive and she was accused of harboring racist attitudes.

Video of Wallace's mistake was shared widely on social media.

Hyde-Smith was declared the winner of the runoff election in Mississippi on Tuesday and will be sworn in at the U.S. Senate to increase the Republican hold on the Senate to 53 seats.

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