We’ve done a bunch of threads compiling tweets (or screenshots of deleted tweets) where politicians, celebrities, and journalists raced to condemn the racist and homophobic attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. We’ve also seen CNN’s Brian Stelter trying to rewrite history, claiming that the alleged attack was marked by “really careful reporting by news organizations.”
One tweet that’s resurfaced Monday is this gem by the Washington Post’s global opinion editor:
Regarding the heinous attack on @JussieSmollett, yet another reminder that Trump’s ascendance and the resulting climate of hate has meant that lives have been increasingly at stake since 2015.
Smollett could have been killed by those thugs screaming MAGA. Let that sink in.
— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) January 29, 2019
Funny, we haven’t heard much recently about those “thugs screaming MAGA” since those two brothers of Nigerian descent were questioned.
We do agree, though, that lives have been increasingly at stake since 2015 … just ask Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot by a nut who opened fire on a Republican baseball team.
Okay. It's sunk in.
— Currently between fraudulent suspensions (@jtLOL) February 18, 2019
You were saying?
— GranTweets2 🇺🇸 (@GranTweets2) February 18, 2019
— Uri Blago (@UriBlago) February 18, 2019
— Nwlaguy (@nwlaguy) February 17, 2019
I'm gonna need an update on the story
— Steve McDavid (@JSMcDavid67) February 18, 2019
Ummm. Ok. I let it sink in. Those "thugs" as you describe them were pretty big. And they could have killed their friend in that debacle.
— Jessie Jane Duff (@JessieJaneDuff) February 18, 2019
Change your mind yet?
— GaryBoncella (@Garyboncella) February 18, 2019
— Florida Vol 🇺🇸 (@rockytopinfl) February 18, 2019
This tweet is not aging well. 🤣
— Dan E. Phillips (@DanPhillipsMD) February 18, 2019
This tweet is hilarious.
— Propaganda Nouveau (@mind_skull) February 18, 2019
Fail. Let the fail sink in.
— Trigg3r Warn1ng (@kernelofwisdom) February 18, 2019
Democracy Dies in Bias, right @washingtonpost?
— RepublicanDore (@RepublicanDore) February 18, 2019
Remember, CNN tells us only entertainment media was peddling the MAGA myth.
This is a Washington Post reporter. Let that sink in. https://t.co/3OP2D1jNOX
— Dianny 🇺🇸 (@DiannyRants) February 18, 2019
— Big Apple Infidel 🔴 (@BigAppleInfidel) February 18, 2019
@KarenAttiah will you be making a formal apology in regards to this jump the gun tweet?
— Blu de Golyer (@BluScreenwriter) February 18, 2019
Isn’t her paper the one that just dropped $5 million on a Super Bowl ad to remind us all of the importance of journalists?
Let what sink in?
— George King (@GeorgeKingJr) February 18, 2019
— Pope of Capitalism (@jmarkwalk) February 18, 2019
“Thugs”? Isn’t that a bad word, now?
— Allen Nowell (@AllenNowell) February 18, 2019
This is racist calling those men thugs.
— Ryan (@daSlackAttack) February 18, 2019
Time to delete this
— Barbara the 🇺🇸🇮🇹 (@BGallozzi) February 19, 2019
How is this tweet still up?
— Gozer the Gozerian (@G_Gozerian1) February 18, 2019
It's just a reminder, hate crimes are so rare in this country per capita, you have pay people to manufacture them to further your twisted narrative that this is a hateful nation. https://t.co/PhIUAPcbFW
— Judson McCulloch (@JudsonMcCulloch) February 18, 2019
Just another hoax. The climate of hate was under the previous administration when cities burned for months. Baltimore/Ferguson if you suffer from situational amnesia.
— Rogue Trader (@Bajukaju) February 18, 2019
You lionized a sociopath hoaxer because of your irrational hatred of the President. Let that sink in
— Kyle Raccio (@kyleraccio) February 18, 2019
Reads a lot like you’re doing the most to promote a “climate of hate”
— Jeff Cary (@JeffCary21) February 18, 2019
delete your account and your career
— Jaylen (@TDMBME8387) February 18, 2019
'But FIREFIGHTERS!' AP's shameless spin on unraveling Jussie Smollett case 'is why people can't stand the media' https://t.co/RnpgNw2trm
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 18, 2019