In the wake of Jussie Smollett’s guilty verdict, people are ribbing Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden over old tweets that supported the actor.
A jury recently convicted Smollett for staging a hate crime in 2019, in which he hired two brothers to assault him and place a noose around his neck while shouting racial slurs, homophobic slurs, and support for then-President Donald Trump.
In the immediate aftermath of Smollett’s bogus claim, Biden announced his support for the former Empire star.
“What happened today to [Smollett] must never be tolerated in this country. We must stand up and demand that we no longer give this hate safe harbor; that homophobia and racism have no place on our streets or in our hearts. We are with you, Jussie,” Biden tweeted.
At the time, Harris called the incident a “modern day lynching.”
“[Smollett] 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,” Harris tweeted.
The tweets made the rounds following Smollett’s guilty verdict, with conservatives calling on Biden, Harris, and other high-profile Democrats to issue retractions.
“Kyle Rittenhouse, Jussie Smollett … Biden never misses an opportunity to play politics and prejudge cases before he has all the facts,” GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel wrote on Twitter.
Donald Trump Jr. also weighed in, sarcastically tweeting he was “happy the perpetrator was brought to justice.”