Stunning new developments in the Jussie Smollett story have dealt a serious blow to the actor’s claims that he was the victim of a hate crime carried out by two Trump supporters in red MAGA hats who beat him up and tied a rope around his neck last month in Chicago.
The star of CBS’s television series “Empire” now appears to be in serious legal trouble as his story continues to fall apart and Smollett has retained the services of a criminal defense attorney which is normally not the reaction of an honest man.
Police have now spoken to the two Nigerian brothers who have admitted to being a part of what increasingly has the appearance of another disgusting hoax that was carried out with the intent of exploiting the left’s hostility toward President Trump to further the false narrative that all of his supporters are white supremacists.
“The recent racist and homophobic attack on acclaimed actor and activist @JussieSmollett is troubling. The rise in hate crimes is directly linked to President Donald J. Trump’s racist and xenophobic rhetoric.” @DerrickNAACP
— NAACP (@NAACP) 29 января 2019 г.
In the latest blows to Smollett’s story, local Chicago affiliates are reporting that the Nigerians have been tied to the rope used to “lynch” the gay actor and have also reportedly admitted that they were paid to orchestrate the attack.
#Breaking: 2 #CPD sources tell @fox32news the brothers arrested & released in #JussieSmollett case told detectives they were paid by the #Empire actor to orchestrate the attack. Detectives also have a receipt for the rope found on #Smollett neck showing the brothers bought it.
— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) 17 февраля 2019 г.
With Smollett’s account falling apart by the minute, one has to question whether those who rushed to judgment in order to reap political gain will also be held accountable.
Via The Washington Examiner,
Democratic presidential candidates jockeying for position in 2020 had a lot to say when actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked in Chicago by two white men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs as they beat him.
But they were silent on Saturday, when law enforcement sources said that Chicago Police believed “Empire” star Smollett, 36, who is gay, paid two black men to set up the assault. Police arrested the men, who are brothers from Nigeria, on Wednesday but released them Friday after discovering “new evidence.”
A Chicago police spokesman said: “We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation.” He added that police wanted to speak to Smollett again.
When news of the “attack” broke last month, Democratic presidential contenders clamored to denounce it as a horrific manifestation of racism and bigotry in America.
One of the first ones to jump on it was 2020 Democrat frontrunner Kamala Harris, the high priestess of race-baiting who immediately exploited what now appears to be fake news to bolster her cred with the party’s SJW base by calling it a “modern day lynching” in yet another invocation of slavery which has sadly become the bread and butter of the political left.
.@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery.
This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) 29 января 2019 г.
Not content with mere racial demagoguery, Senator Harris rushed to capitalize on the hoax to introduce an anti-lynching bill – as if lynching is a common practice in 21st century America only two years removed from a two-term black president.
BREAKING: Our anti-lynching bill, which would make lynching a federal crime, just unanimously passed the Senate. Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our nation’s history and I’m hopeful this measure will swiftly pass the House.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) 14 февраля 2019 г.
It wasn’t only Harris either, other 2020 candidates who are competing to one-up each other in terms of shamelessness and extremism also rushed to exploit Smollett’s story including Obama V.2 Cory Booker:
The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching. I’m glad he’s safe.
To those in Congress who don’t feel the urgency to pass our Anti-Lynching bill designating lynching as a federal hate crime– I urge you to pay attention. https://t.co/EwXFxl5f2m
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) 29 января 2019 г.
Now that the police have determined that Smollett was essentially “lynched” with his own rope, it would seem that these Democrats who now have egg dripping from their faces would walk back their inflammatory – and completely erroneous – statements.
That would be a hell of a presumption because none of these clowns have an ounce of shame. If anything, they’ll double-down and the media will continue to carry their water even if Smollett ends up facing criminal charges and spends a few years in the pokey.
So don’t hold your breath waiting for retractions and apologies because they aren’t coming.