“Retweet if you are laughing with me!”
Conservatives have been brutally mocking Jussie Smollett Thursday night after news broke that police suspect he may have worked with two Nigerian extras from his TV show to stage an attack against himself.
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People joyfully recalled all the Democratic presidential wannabes who were quick to interpret Smollett’s alleged attack as a heinous hate crime.
“This was an attempted modern day lynching” – @kamalaharris
“The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching.” – @corybooker
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) February 14, 2019
One America Network host Jack Posobiec joked that he didn’t know what to tell his young son anymore.
My 9-month-old son just looked at me and said “Daddy, who can we trust if we can’t trust the people who promoted Jussie Somllett the gay Tupac?”
I honestly have no idea how to respond
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) February 15, 2019
Former Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson took a shot at The Daily Dot, a left-leaning online outlet that had mocked conservative doubts regarding Smollett’s version of events.
“Is Ellen Ioanes around?” Pierson wrote, referencing the outlet’s star investigative reporter.
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) February 15, 2019
Right-wing influencer Caleb Hull compared the uncritical way that mainstream outlets covered Smollett’s attack to the now-infamous hysteria over the “MAGA” hat-wearing Covington Catholic High School teens last month (for which they paid in trust, and may soon have to soon answer in court, too).
Covington kids vs. Nathan Phillips and the Jussie Smollett case both happened around the same time and both were proved to be completely wrong over time.
The media ran with both stories.
There’s a reason people no longer trust journalists.
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) February 15, 2019
The Law & Crime blog could help but start speculating: If it’s true that Smollett lied to police about the Jan. 29 attack which he has said was perpetrated by racist and homophobic “MAGA” thugs, he could face legal consequences.
— Law & Crime (@lawcrimenews) February 15, 2019
Someone claimed to have finally uncovered the long-sought footage of the attack.
Jussie Smollett attack video released. pic.twitter.com/yauU88ZjmP
— Frank (@TheFirstFrank) February 15, 2019
Comedian Terrence K. Williams invited his followers to share his joy.
BREAKING NEWS! Chicago Police has reason to believe actor Jussie Smollett lied about Trump Supporters attacking him at 2am with rope & bleach in freezing weather while yelling MAGA Country
* RETWEET if you are laughing with me and knew it was a lie! pic.twitter.com/j1G1YZGQ01
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) February 15, 2019
As a reminder, Smollett appeared Thursday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” In an emotional interview, he said he was “pissed off” at those who have questioned his account of the Jan. 29 incident outside his Chicago apartment. A gay black man, he recounted in detail how two men jumped him as they shouted, “This is ‘MAGA’ country,” and called him racial and homophobic slurs.
Although President Donald Trump had quickly condemned the attack, Smollett blamed him and his administration for it happening as well as for the skepticism he has faced since.
“I come really really hard against 45. I come really really hard against his administration. I don’t hold my tongue. I can only go off of their words,” he said.
When host Robin Roberts asked Smollett what he would do if his attackers were never found, he began to weep.
“I don’t know,” he said. “Let’s just hope that they are. Let’s not go there yet.”
He added: “I still want to believe with everything that’s happened that there’s something called justice.”
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