Trump, who had enthusiastically endorsed Hyde-Smith on the stage, walked off. Humphries said that she had reconsidered her support of McDaniel. She said, “You know what? I’m having second thoughts about that one.” She said, “I didn’t realize how much she had helped the president. The president has changed my mind, I believe. He did it. He fulfilled his mission. I think I will vote for her. The top priority of the Republican Party in both the national and state levels was to win over McDaniel supporters on Tuesday. Hyde-Smith in DeSoto County is looking for Trump to stop a McDaniel surge. That’s why they requested that the president visit DeSoto County where McDaniel won the most votes during his almost successful 2014 Senate campaign. To amplify the endorsement, the national and state parties coordinated social media posts throughout Trump’s speech. This is why Trump praised Hyde Smith and why his speech drifted five times to emphasize the importance of voting in November. This is why Trump and Hyde Smith both raised the question of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He is currently under FBI investigation for sexual assault allegations first made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a high school classmate. Trump ridiculed Ford during the speech and challenged her credibility as well as her recollection of which parties she claimed the attack occurred. Trump and his GOP allies want to keep control of Congress, and especially the Senate, where federal nominees for judicial appointments are confirmed. This is why Trump painted the nonpartisan special election between Hyde Smith and Mike Espy. He did not mention McDaniel’s participation in the race. Trump stated Tuesday night that Hyde-Smith has always voted for me 100 percent of all times. “She’s always been there for me, she’s always been there for you, and a vote Cindy gets is a vote to make America great again.” But McDaniel haunts Republican operatives in Mississippi and elsewhere. After tapping into an anti-establishment base, McDaniel narrowly lost to Senator Thad Cochran in 2014. They had hoped for a populist message and were able to tap into it. McDaniel won more votes in the county where Trump spoke Tuesday night than any other county in 2014. Establish Republicans are trying to keep a majority in November’s midterms. They realize DeSoto is key to their victory. McDaniel may not have the support of the president, but his presence at Tuesday’s rally in the 2018 midterms was clear. A group of McDaniel supporters cheered McDaniel’s introduction to Hyde Smith and other times Hyde Smith was mentioned in the speech. The disruption was reported by White House pool reporters who were nearby. According to Mississippi Today, Laura Van Overschelde (chairwoman of the Mississippi Tea Party), McDaniel supporters were required to change their McDaniel T shirts inside out when they entered the building. Melissa Scallan, the Hyde Smith campaign spokeswoman, stated in an email Tuesday night, “No shirts allowed that have other candidates’ names except Donald Trump/Mike Pence.” McDaniel is a strong Trump supporter and has to deal with his opponent’s endorsement. Many of his supporters who spoke at the rally dismissed the significance of the endorsement for their candidate. According to Lee Sexton, a McDaniel supporter, Trump is trying his best to confirm Kavanaugh. “I believe Mitch McConnell has a lot of to do it. What he’s pushing, or threatening – that’s all I know. “I was surprised that he supported Hyde-Smith, but I learned the reason.” David Smith of Hernando supports McDaniel. However, he had a different view before the rally. Smith stated, “This is McDaniel land.” “I am a Chris McDaniel snob, but I will vote for Cindy Hyde-Smith.” I understand the consequences. If McDaniel splits with her, we might get a Democrat slipping into.” Hyde-Smith’s supporters savored the opportunity to ask about Trump’s endorsement. Kathy Irwin from Southaven said, “I’ve known Hyde-Smith for a while.” “She’s been great and, to be honest, she would be a really good addition to the area. “I think she has a lot good intentions,” said Mike Ferguson from Senatobia. “The tariffs have had a negative impact on me in the short-term, but now, for the first time ever in my life, we have an administration who’s actually stood up to the dairy farmer, or any farmer, for that matter.” To help us continue this important work, you can make a recurring contribution today and celebrate our Spring Member Drive.