You would think that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would know better than to jump to conclusions, but like so many others who are quick to condemn anything that involves President Trump, his supporters, or the MAGA hat, which some on the left compared to KKK hoods, she assumed that Jussie Smollett was telling the truth, a move she now regrets.
Pelosi deleted a tweet expressing sympathy for Smollett, posted before the facts were revealed, and allegations that he faked a homophobic and racist attack on himself emerged.
Unfortunately for Nancy, deleting tweets does not make them go away.
Smollett claimed to law enforcement he went to a local Chicago Subway at 2 a.m., and he was physically assaulted by two men in ski masks who poured a bleach-like chemical on him and tied a rope noose around his neck, yelling racist and homophobic insults as well as ‘This is MAGA country’.
But on February 15, unconfirmed reports emerged suggesting the openly-gay actor might have staged the attack to save his job with help from two Nigerian brothers that he reportedly knew as extras on Empire.
The Daily Caller reports:
Politicians and celebrities alike rallied around Smollett, including Pelosi, who tweeted on January 29, “The racist, homophobic attack on [Smollett] is an affront to our humanity. No one should be attacked for who they are or whom they love.”
However, as the case unfolded over the past two weeks more questions arose as to whether Smollett was telling the complete truth about the January 29 incident.
Others have yet to retract their original statements or delete their original tweets, including California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Democratic Sen. Corey Booker. Both are running for the Democratic nomination for president.
Booker was asked about the recent developments in the case and would only say he is waiting for more information before he makes any further statements about the matter.
According to ABC News, two Nigerian brothers, initially arrested by Chicago Police in connection to the assault against Smollett were later released after telling law enforcement that Smollett paid them to stage the attack.
One of the brothers is Smollett’s personal trainer, according to a statement to ABC News from Smollett’s attorneys. They had decided to cooperate after investigators revealed that they had evidence the brothers had bought the rope that was put around Smollet’s neck at a local hardware store.
Smollett’s attorneys released a statement denying he staged his own attack, saying in part, “As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”