FACT CHECK: Has Appointed ‘Republican’ Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith Been Conservative ‘All Her Life’?

An appointed Republican Senator from Mississippi lied through her teeth yesterday at a campaign event at the famed Neshoba County Fair.

“I have been a conservative all my life,” said Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS).

Actually, she has not. In fact, Hyde-Smith wasn’t even a registered Republican until 2011. She only switched parties to run for statewide office, a calculated move in Mississippi which is a deeply red state. She was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to replace retired Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) earlier this year.

Big League Politics has reported extensively on Hyde-Smith’s history as a Democrat and RINO tendencies.

For starters, she supported Hillary R. Clinton for president in 2008, and has tapped into the leftist Silicon Valley financial coffers.

Big League Politics reported:

An old name in Silicon Valley circles and Democrat politics has become a driving force for the election of a recently-appointed Republican U.S. Senator from Mississippi.

Sean Parker, billionaire founder of Napster, the online file sharing service, and early investor in Facebook, has donated $250,000 to the Victory Fund PAC, aimed at getting Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) elected, according to Pro Publica.

Parker was a large Hillary Clinton donor, too. According to the New York Times, he “gave nearly $300,000 to a joint fund-raising committee for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and dozens of state Democratic parties.

Hyde-Smith’s America First opponent, State Sen. Chris McDaniel, (R-Ellisville) has called on her to return the funds, which she has not.

In 2013, during her tenure as State Commissioner of Agriculture, she advocated for gun control.

Big League Politics reported:

“Your letter requests our office’s opinion on the following issues:” wrote the Mississippi Attorney General’s office to Hyde-Smith. “Can the MFC and the Department prohibit the carrying of weapons, concealed or not concealed, on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds Complex and at properties of the Department, including but not limited to the Mississippi Farmers’ Market and the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum, by posting signage prohibiting the carrying of a weapon?”

In case that request was denied, Hyde-Smith suggested random searches of patrons of the fairgrounds for weaponry. In the end, both requests were denied by the Attorney General.

Hyde-Smith is also already actively campaigning for Democrat crossover votes, with whom she has great name recognition.

On the RINO front, Jordan Russell, a key campaign staffer for Hyde-Smith is a known hater of President Donald J. Trump. He called Trump a “con artist” in while working for failed presidential candidate Marco Rubio 2016.

Big League Politics reported:

“We have a strong grassroots team in Mississippi and our momentum is growing because voters are looking for a candidate to unite the party and defeat Hillary Clinton Donald Trump scammed hard-working Americans by taking their money for his phony Trump University, and he is scamming conservatives now by acting as if he is one of them,” said Jordan Russell, Hyde-Smith’s campaign manager. “Many Mississippians are seeing through his con artist act and are supporting Marco Rubio.”

Hyde-Smith spoke yesterday at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Mississippi, where Ronald Reagan gave a famous speech on state’s rights while campaigning for president 38 years ago.

Big League Politics reached out to the Hyde-Smith campaign for clarification on how she could possibly label herself a lifelong conservative given her very long and very public record of being a Democrat, but received no response.

Hyde-Smith faces populist Trump-supporter McDaniel and two Democrats in a special non-partisan election in November.