A Mississippi senator was caught on video brashly joking that she’d be a rapt spectator at a public hanging — prompting her opponent in a runoff election, who is black, to blast the comment as “reprehensible.”

“If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row,” Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith can be seen saying in a clip that was posted Sunday on Twitter by journalist and blogger Lamar White, Jr.

The line drew cheers from a group of supporters at the Nov. 2 event hosted by a cattle rancher in Tupelo, Miss.The full context around the statement isn’t clear but she faced swift backlash.

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