Actor Jussie Smollett on Thursday was convicted on five of six charges related to an incident in which he claimed to have been the victim of a hate crime on the streets of Chicago, and the fact that his story has now been declared a hoax by a jury of his peers, renewed scrutiny has fallen on Vice President Kamala Harris for her prior, ill-advised support for the former Empire cast member.
Back in 2019, Smollett made headlines when he alleged that a pair of men accosted and beat him on a city street in the wee hours of a freezing winter morning, declaring also that he had been targeted due to his race and sexual orientation by assailants who declared the area to be “MAGA country,” a reference to supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Not surprisingly, the very thought of such an incident – one which supposedly included the use of a noose as well as a liquid substance such as bleach – sent shockwaves through the media, despite early indications of strange inconsistencies in the story.
Diving headfirst into uncritical support of Smollett – and the racial victimization narrative she tends to champion – then-California Sen. Harris tweeted that the actor was “one of the kindest, most gentle human beings” she knew.”
Taking things even further without deeper knowledge of what actually occurred on the night in question, Harris added, “This was an attempted modern-day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or the color of their skin. We must confront this hate,” as the New York Post noted.
Joining Harris in jumping to conclusions about the Smollett case back in 2019 was Joe Biden, who declared on social media at the time, “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.”
Now that Smollett has been found conclusively guilty of falsely telling law enforcement officers that he was the victim of battery and of a hate crime, however, the words of Harris and Biden are coming back to haunt them in a rather embarrassing way.
Conservative radio host Clay Travis sarcastically remarked, “Jury finds Jussie Smollett guilty of five felonies for staging a fake hate crime in Chicago. Look forward to @VP’s apology for this Tweet calling what happened to Jussie a lynching. And for @JoeBiden’s apology for calling this an example of homophobia and racism.”
Now that Smollett has been fully exposed as the lying, race-baiting disgrace that he is, perhaps Harris and those in her circle will exercise a bit more caution before prematurely latching onto any anecdote – no matter how spurious – that might help advance the type of grievance-mongering that sadly is their stock in trade.