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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? 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.