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Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi) reportedly became the sixth senator to officially support former President Trump’s bid for the presidency moments before he entered a not guilty plea at his planned arraignment in New York City on Tuesday.
Sen. Hyde-Smith is from the state of Mississippi.
“The prosecution of President Trump in New York is a political stunt by a prosecutor whose campaign was funded by George Soros. That charade is all about self-promotion by the prosecutor and has nothing to do with justice. I believe the whole affair will backfire on the prosecutor and Democrats,” Hyde-Smith said.
“Therefore, I am endorsing Donald J. Trump for another term in the White House and will be working to assist him in winning the Republican nomination for President in 2024. I urge my fellow Mississippians and fellow Republicans across the country to join me in supporting President Trump and working on his behalf,” she continued.
After being charged by a grand jury the previous week, Hyde-Smith made her statement a few hours before Trump was set to appear in court for his arraignment.
At a courthouse in Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, Trump entered a not guilty plea to all 34 counts of falsifying business documents in the first degree.
Despite the fact that he has not yet declared his candidacy for president, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida has emerged as Trump’s most formidable opponent in recent surveys.
When he first declared his campaign, the former president has leveled many criticisms on DeSantis.
A number of prominent Republicans, including Markwayne Mullin, Eric Schmitt, Tommy Tuberville , JD Vance, and Sen. Lindsey Graham have already voiced their support for Trump’s reelection bid in 2024. Hyde-Smith has now joined this group.