In response to breaking news reports this morning that “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested on felony disorderly charges, President Donald Trump took to the Twitter machine to express his thoughts:
[email protected] – what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019
As The Hill notes, Smollett told police – and said publicly – that he was attacked because he was a staunch opponent of Trump:
Smollett had claimed to Chicago police last month that two men beat him, tied a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him. The 36-year-old entertainer later told police that his assailants shouted, “This is MAGA country” during the attack, a reference to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign slogan.
When asked about the attack shortly after news reports surfaced, Trump had called it “horrible.”
In his first detailed interview since the alleged 29 January assault, Smollett was asked by Good Morning America on ABC News why he thinks he was targeted. In his reply, he referred to Trump by his moniker as the 45th president of the United States.
“I come really, really hard against 45,” he said. “I come really, really hard against his administration and I don’t hold my tongue.”
The actor said he appreciated that Trump had not brushed over the event, but added that he had no doubt that his assailants were motivated by his criticism of the president. With ABC News censoring the comment on taste grounds, Smollett said: “I can only go off of their words. Who says, ‘[bleep] Empire, this Maga country,’ [bleep] ties a noose around your neck and pours bleach on to you? And this is just a friendly fight?”
And we have “no doubt” now that Smollett lied through his teeth.
Nice work, Chicago PD.
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