For most people with a rational sense of pragmatism, the story of singer/actor Jussie Smollet being attacked by MAGA hat-wearing racist homophobes did not sound legitimate. At all.
However, for those with a political motivation/axe to grind/partisan agenda/extreme case of TDS (circle all that apply) it was too good of a story to look at objectively. There were points to be scored, and they wanted the best seat possible on that accusation train. Many politicians jumped on instantly, only to find the story derailed as it took a sharp turn leading to Evidence Town.
As it is looking now like this too-perfectly-bigoted-to-be-true story is unraveling here are just some of the political notables who should retract their stance, but probably never will.
To kick things off, there is Cory Spartacus “Never let a good lynching go to waste” Booker, using the story to promote his personal legislation.
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
We are not aware that lynching is currently legal, but glad we are finally addressing this need.
Then we have the esteemed Speaker of the house.
The racist, homophobic attack on @JussieSmollett is an affront to our humanity. No one should be attacked for who they are or whom they love. I pray that Jussie has a speedy recovery & that justice is served. May we all commit to ending this hate once & for all.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 30, 2019
Were the Covington High School kids attacked for who they were??? By the press, no less?? Just…idle questions…
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
Yes, fraudulent police reports (if that is proven the case) should never be tolerated.
Can we get anyone in the Trump orbit to condemn the 2 MAGA men who brutally attacked Jussie Smollett, a gay black man, and put his head in a noose while saying “This is MAGA country,” so others don’t feel like your silence is legitimizing hate? How about you @realDonaldTrump?
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) January 30, 2019
Well Amy, I think we would need some evidence these 2 MAGA men exist, in order to deliver that particular lecture to them, agreed?
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
Ummm, yea – maybe best had you chosen to this one out, Kev.
Hey, how about the opinion from a think tank on the matter; they should have a measured and sober assessment on why we all need to pause before racing out to accuse–
Oh, nope. Kneejerking it, they were.
The shocking attack on Jussie Smollett is, unfortunately, not an isolated incident.
There is an alarming epidemic of hate violence in our country that disproportionately targets Black people, LGBTQ people and religious minorities. https://t.co/EU2HlXKJ4m
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) January 30, 2019
It is such an epidemic that fabricated incidents rule the headlines.
I've said it before, and I'll keep saying it until it stops: Hate and violence have no place in our country. I'm sending all my strength your way, @JussieSmollett. You are loved. https://t.co/NmxXK17lrn
— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) January 30, 2019
New York State calls this attack on Jussie Smollett what it is — a hate crime. Homophobia and racism will not be tolerated — not now, not ever. https://t.co/h6wDa7SVsX
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 30, 2019
You may need to peel off that label Governor, and affix a different one entirely.
Al Sharpton Says Trump Must Denounce Jussie Smollett's MAGA Attackers https://t.co/oH7kRcvOCR
— TMZ (@TMZ) January 30, 2019
Seriously, this guy — I mean…seriously…
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
Interesting choice of words, considering Jussie has not been sure how to describe so much about this incident.
There are no words to describe the despicable attack on Jussie Smollett. We must all come together to stand up against homophobia, racism, and all forms of hate. My thoughts are with Jussie, and I wish him a speedy recovery. https://t.co/g0xeq612WA
— Michael Bennet (@SenatorBennet) January 30, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) January 30, 2019
One may wonder if those were lyrics to a Snoop Dogg song.
This is so heartbreaking. @JussieSmollett, you are not alone – we are with you. We must stand up and condemn this hate, bigotry & violence wherever it rears its ugly head. No one should live in fear because of the color of their skin or who they love.
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 30, 2019
Or, what kind of hat they wear, correct?
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) January 29, 2019
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) January 30, 2019
She’s a reporter everyone – we cannot expect her to actually dig into the facts of a story.
This is outrageous criminal conduct and it should be denounced by the WH immediately. This has no place in America. And it all starts at the top…
Empire’s Jussie Smollett Hospitalized After Racist, Homophobic Attack https://t.co/NcsNPPopKx
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) January 29, 2019
Of all the people who should know better than to comment over controversial stories, it is this yutz.
What is going to never happen is the collection of people who were demanding that President Trump immediately apologize over this incident coming forward and apologizing for rushing to accusation before facts came in.
The accountability only is expected of one side.