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Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is obviously a card-carrying racist, and it appears that fact has only helped her campaign. She has received thousands of dollars in donations from Google, Walmart, Union Pacific and a white supremacist, among other sources.

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Union Pacific, North America’s premier railroad franchise, donated $5,000. But it tweeted on Monday, “Union Pacific in no way, shape or form condones or supports divisive or perceived to be divisive statements. Our contribution was mailed prior to Hyde-Smith’s statement being made public. Union Pacific will request a refund of our contribution.”

Google donated $5,000 to Hyde-Smith’s campaign and was using the same excuse — that they donated the money before her “public hanging” comment went viral. Google said in a statement, “This contribution was made on Nov. 2 before Sen. Hyde-Smith’s remarks became public on Nov. 11. While we support candidates who promote pro-growth policies for business and technology, we do not condone these remarks and would have not made such a contribution had we known about them.” However, the search engine giant was not asking for its money back. In addition, Hyde-Smith was not returning a $2,700 campaign donation from a proud racist.

Walmart donated $2,000 to Hyde-Smith on Sunday, well after her “public hanging” comment went viral, according to Popular.info. Boston Scientific also donated but was asking for its money back, too. See below:

Hyde-Smith is facing Democrat Mike Espy in a Nov. 27 runoff. If Espy wins the election, he will become Mississippi’s first Black senator since Reconstruction.

Hyde-Smith was clearly screaming to her base with her “public hanging” comments, and she has profited as a result. However, the real question for these companies was not whether not they knew about her “public hanging” comment, but rather why did they support her from the start?

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