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December 13, 2021

Harris Mocked Over Old Tweet Calling Bogus Smollett Attack a ‘Lynching’

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.”


Biden, Harris mocked for old tweets calling Jussie Smollett ‘attack’ a ‘lynching’

December 12, 2021

Actor Found Guilty of Staging Hate Crime

Actor Jussie Smollett was found guilty of faking a hate crime against himself to increase his celebrity status.

“Besides being against the law, it is just plain wrong to outright denigrate something as serious as real hate crime and then make sure it involved words and symbols that have such historical significance in our country,” said special prosecutor Dan Webb during his closing arguments.

In 2019, the former Empire actor reported a horrifying hate crime that quickly became a high-profile issue in a polarized political landscape.

Smollett, a gay Black man, said he was walking home in downtown Chicago when two masked men attacked him, shouting, “This is MAGA country.”

The actor said his attackers put a noose around his neck and poured chemicals on him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs and expressing support for then-President Donald Trump.

But a month later, police arrested Smollett, accusing him of staging the assault as a ploy to gain public sympathy and increase his celebrity cache.

As it turns out, Smollett hired two brothers to fake an attack so it could be recorded by a surveillance camera and spread on social media for publicity.

The brothers testified that Smollett paid them $3,500 and gave them scripted lines to yell.

When Smollett first introduced the bogus attack to the public, it made headlines worldwide. It prompted a massive investigation in Chicago, wasting the resources of roughly two-dozen officers and 3,000 staff hours.

Trump called the police department’s handling of the case “an absolute embarrassment to our country.”

Following a one-week trial, the jury handed down its verdict after roughly nine hours of deliberations. The jury convicted the 39-year-old on five counts of disorderly conduct.

Disorderly conduct is a felony charge that carries a maximum prison sentence of three years. However, experts say that Smollett will likely receive probation and mandatory community service.

Smollett was fired from Empire after prosecutors said the attack was a hoax.

“I’ve lost my livelihood,” he told jurors.


Jussie Smollett guilty verdict latest in polarizing case

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