Lara Trump defends Hyde-Smith: 'Democrats always scream "racism" at a Republican contender'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can't withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities MORE's daughter-in-law Lara Trump defended Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) after questions about her views on race surfaced ahead of the state's runoff election. 

"This is nothing new," said Lara Trump, a senior adviser to the president's 2020 campaign, on Fox Business's "Varney & Co." on Monday. "The Democrats always scream 'racism' at a Republican contender in any field across the country."

"Listen, Cindy Hyde-Smith apologized for these remarks and I think if you actually watch the way it happened I think a lot was taken out of context and really blown up out of proportion," she added.


Hyde-Smith has faced backlash after she said that she liked one of her political supporters so much that she would sit in the "front row" of a "public hanging" with him.

"I would fight a circle saw for him," she said of the supporter. "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row."

Since video of her statement surfaced, she has lost the support of Walmart, Pfizer, AT&T, Union Pacific, Boston Scientific, and Major League Baseball.

All have requested that their contributions be returned.

A 2014 photo of her wearing a Confederate soldier's cap also resurfaced earlier this month and her campaign labeled a report that she attended a Mississippi segregation academy in the 1970s a "new low."

Hyde-Smith faces Democrat Mike Espy in a Senate runoff election on Tuesday.