Jussie Smollett, the left-wing Empire actor who infamously fired up the resistance movement by fabricating a politically-motivated hate crime hoax, has been found guilty on five charges of staging the attack and lying to police.
As we’re sure you’re aware by now, Smollett said he was assaulted by Trump supporters for being gay and black while his assailants were white and used slurs. The attack, he would claim, took place outside a Subway restaurant in Chicago at 2 a.m in the middle of a polar vortex.
The cherry on top of the hate hoax was Jussie Smollett’s claim that the assailants yelled “this is MAGA country” during the attack.
None of it happened.
He conducted a national television audience interview and cried – no, wept – over the attack. But it didn’t happen.
Throwback to this gem:
Dave Chappelle on Jussie Smollett.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 10, 2021
The charges Jussie Smollett has been found guilty of are Class 4 felonies that carry a prison sentence of up to three years.
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In reality, it’s quite likely he will be placed on probation and given community service. He deserves jail time – nothing excessive – but some form of punishment not just for wasting the time and resources of the police, but for stirring up racial animus throughout the country.
Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson asked the obvious question during his opening segment Thursday night.
“How did anyone anywhere ever fall for this story even for a moment?” he asked.
“Looking back, particularly in retrospect, it was maybe the most obvious hoax ever perpetrated.”
Carlson, however, is being kind when he assumes anybody actually fell for the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax. They didn’t.
Democrats didn’t fall for it. The media didn’t fall for it. They knew it was a lie and they just didn’t care.
Because the Jussie Smollett hoax gave them a couple of weeks and months to pretend that America is racist. And they’re racist, in their minds, because of former President Donald Trump.
That was the narrative they wanted to push from day one of his presidency. Jussie Smollett just provided the match and the gasoline to spread the racial fire.
Here is a long list of Democrats, media entities, or entertainers who pushed the Jussie Smollett hoax. It is exhaustive, but by no means complete.
Here Are The Democrats Who Pushed The Jussie Smollett Hate Crime Hoax
.@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) January 29, 2019
There is no such thing as “racially charged.”
This attack was not “possibly” homophobic. It was a racist and homophobic attack.
If you don’t like what is happening to our country, then work to change it. It is no one’s job to water down or sugar-coat the rise of hate crimes. https://t.co/QAi0IYtSeR
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 30, 2019
“When one of the most famous black and gay men in America is not safe, the message is clearer than it has ever been.” The dangerous lies spewing from the right wing is killing & hurting our people.
Thinking of you @JussieSmollett, and my LGBTQ neighbors.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 30, 2019
While the struggle for basic hate crime legislation continues here in Indiana, this horrible attack calls all Americans to stand against hatred and violence in all its forms. https://t.co/AfXJt8DpOf
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) January 29, 2019
While relieved that @JussieSmollett has not suffered any permanent physical damage, I am deeply concerned by how free some people feel to attack others for who they are or who they love and the long-term damage it does to our society.
— Rep Frederica Wilson (@RepWilson) January 30, 2019
What happened to Jussie Smollett is vile and tragic; thankfully, he will recover. But hate crimes like this are happening more frequently, egged on by careless hate-filled rhetoric. We start reducing these crimes by rejecting the speech – neither can ever be accepted as normal.
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) January 29, 2019
Democrat Nancy Pelosi deleted this tweet about Jussie Smollett. pic.twitter.com/cKVCN3yEZP
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) December 10, 2021
1/ I’m grateful to hear that Jussie Smollett is reportedly in good condition. I hope he fully recovers. I’m not sure many of us ever will. In 2019, he was violently attacked because of his race and sexual orientation. Unfortunately, he is not alone.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) January 30, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with #JussieSmollett. Everyone deserves to live safely as their true authentic self in this city. As mayor, I will make sure that, regardless of the victim’s stature, hate crime incidents and complaints are fully investigated. https://t.co/fkFq0SbM52 https://t.co/g4RpEHrbHp
— Lori Lightfoot (@LoriLightfoot) January 30, 2019
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) January 29, 2019
Hate never wins. Praying for my brother @JussieSmollett in his recovery.https://t.co/u4VQsKfUsm
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) January 29, 2019
The racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett is a horrific instance of the surging hostility toward minorities around the country. We must come together to eradicate all forms of bigotry and violence. https://t.co/2accVEJrCG
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 29, 2019
Let’s call it what it is: A vicious hate crime. My heart goes out to Jussie’s family — all of us at the DNC are praying for his full recovery. https://t.co/W5nDQ70OgJ
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) January 30, 2019
Your tweet thread attempts to trivialize the attack that @JussieSmollett experienced. Regardless of who the perpetrators were, an attack of this nature is and will always be unacceptable. https://t.co/DqZMBtUMKt
— Bobby L. Rush (@RepBobbyRush) February 14, 2019
Racism, homophobia, & all forms of bigotry & hate have no place in this country. The fight for equality isn’t over – no one should have to live in fear of being beaten on the street because of who they are. https://t.co/CF0G95CkTc
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) January 29, 2019
This is a sickening and outrageous attack, and horribly, it’s the latest of too many hate crimes against LGBTQ people and people of color. We are all responsible for condemning this behavior and every person who enables or normalizes it. Praying for Jussie and his family. https://t.co/eylvxhLT0u
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) January 29, 2019
From the moment #JussieSmollett came forward, there have been leaks & spin from some within the Chicago PD that have been used to discredit and undermine him. This is exactly the treatment that victims of hate crimes fear and why they often stay silent.
— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) February 13, 2019
What happened today to @JussieSmollett 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. https://t.co/o8ilPu68CM
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 30, 2019
Jussie is my friend – a very talented & beautiful human being. It is so hurtful that homophobic haters would dare hurt someone so loving and giving. I’m dedicated to finding the culprits and bringing them to justice. Jussie did not deserve to be harmed by anyone!
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) January 30, 2019
Here Are The Liberal Media Figures And Entertainers Who Pushed It
Cool. Were you there that night? Smollett’s camp says he was the victim of a hate crime. The police dispute that. There isn’t video of the alleged attack. Thus, we may never know what really happened.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 26, 2019
“This was a racial and homophobic hate crime”: Jussie Smollett’s family speaks out after alleged assault https://t.co/d4MyTzFdTg
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 1, 2019
“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was attacked early Tuesday morning in what Chicago police are calling a possible hate crime. Smollett was attacked by two people “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs,” according to police. https://t.co/w8QvhVjAm7 pic.twitter.com/XyuBmZYsXp
— CNN (@CNN) January 29, 2019
The reported hate attack on my friend and brother, actor Jussie Smollett is despicable and outrageous. The guilty must face the maximum.
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) January 29, 2019
Nooses never really disappeared as messages of a very specific kind of terror, but every time they’re used, my God, it’s chilling. Praying for Jussie’s full recovery. And for us all. https://t.co/5TossrJijh
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) January 29, 2019
A) Today I am outraged for my friend @JussieSmollett. He was viciously attacked in my hometown of Chicago. They threw bleach on him and put a noose around his neck. Racism and homophobia are very much alive, people.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) January 29, 2019
Love and prayers to @JussieSmollett for the pain suffered from the disgusting, ignorant and hate fueled attack. Absolutely heart breaking.#JusticeForJussie #hatecrimeawareness #bystanders #someoneknows #JussieSmollett pic.twitter.com/7uHVO5poff
— Dr. Phil (@DrPhil) January 30, 2019
What happened last night to Jussie is beyond words. Awful and reprehensible. I wish him strength and resilience on his recovery. As a country we have to stand up with a united voice against this and all other acts of racism and hatred. https://t.co/tUR4IPsNfG
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) January 29, 2019
I don’t really have a lot of words. Jussie is an amazing man. This is horrible. Homophobia is dangerous. Fuck MAGA. #WeLoveJussie https://t.co/CAyTO955tM
— deray (@deray) January 29, 2019
Sending love & support to @JussieSmollett after this horrific attack. Shame on us if we don’t protest & demand #JusticeForJussie! 💔 https://t.co/9M2bIPtfO5
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 30, 2019
I’ve met @JussieSmollett a few times at social events and he emanates warmth and joy. I’m just disgusted and appalled that he has suffered the unimaginable. Praying for him and his loved ones.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 29, 2019
Disgusted by the ugly prejudice and bigotry behind this violence. Sending love to @JussieSmollett & to anyone that has been hurt by the hatred of those who fear difference. As a society, we continue to fail LGBTQIA+ communities and PoC. pic.twitter.com/FFRPIbhOip
— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) January 30, 2019
Fuck you with your “they weren’t wearing MAGA hoods” … hats or no hats those homophobic racist cowards who attacked Jussie felt emboldened by Trump’s white nationalist racist rhetoric and racist asssholes like you that justify it. https://t.co/ShP4qIxbw2
— Christopher Backus (@_cbackus) January 30, 2019
Sending love to Jussie and the Smollett family after this horrific attack. We support you and pray that you find peace and justice.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 29, 2019
‘Our truths cannot be erased. Our lives must not be erased. We will not be erased.’ — Celebrities and activists are speaking out against hate after the racist, homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett pic.twitter.com/YZzbBJ7iXN
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) February 7, 2019
what happened to jussie makes me really fucking sick to my stomach. i can’t believe shit like this is really still happening everyday. what kind of world ? sending all of the healing energy / love i possibly can and hoping for change. what can we do ? tell me & i’m there.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) January 29, 2019
I woke up early because I could barely sleep thinking about the attack on Jussie Smollett.
THEY. WRAPPED. A. NOOSE. AROUND. HIS. NECK.
Donald Trump has created his own personal KKK and Nazi army. pic.twitter.com/Ow4ispZOr0
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) January 30, 2019
Analysis: The Jussie Smollett attack highlights the hate black gay Americans face https://t.co/YMsn40Jnrk
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 30, 2019
I don’t know U @JussieSmollett but I want U 2 know how outraged & heartbroken so many strangers R 4 U & all victims of this kind of vicious hatred. #NOH8 #JussieSmollet @EmpireFOX @NOH8Campaign https://t.co/5rqALD0zSS pic.twitter.com/e97MFqcraz
— Elisa Donovan (@RedDonovan) January 30, 2019
My deepest sympathy for my friend and @EmpireFOX colleague @JussieSmollett who was brutally assaulted. We must bring those responsible to justice. I am saddened and in shock my friend. I wish you a quick recovery.
With love and light.
— Forest Whitaker (@ForestWhitaker) January 30, 2019
“What happened to Smollett was a form of white terrorism that targeted both his racial identity and sexual orientation simultaneously,” writes @MrErnestOwens: https://t.co/p1DDZTsy4G
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 29, 2019
Hoping for a full recovery for @JussieSmollett, who TMZ is reporting was brutally attacked by 2 men who beat him up, put his head in a noose & screamed, “This is MAGA country.”
We have to do better as a country. This is disgusting.https://t.co/cPTTuzo8ER
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 29, 2019
Actor @billyeichner wrote: “I want Trump and all MAGA lunatics to burn in Hell” in response to the alleged attack on Smollett. https://t.co/WRlhSqBlNE pic.twitter.com/A7Igd6sZM1
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) February 15, 2019
Sending prayers your way @jussiesmollett ….This is unbelievably sad. Why are we going backwards….this is disgusting. We as people have to do better. WTF is going on the world???? Why… https://t.co/G6vCnKPEhf
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) January 30, 2019
I’ve been trying to figure out all day what to say about the racist, homophobic, violence against @JussieSmollett.
Not sure I can describe what I’m feeling in a neat & tidy tweet. His trauma deserves more.
I’m sad. Living together on the planet shouldn’t be this difficult.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 30, 2019
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