Jussie Smollett, a gay, black actor living in Chicago, claimed to have been attacked by two white men wearing red "Make America Great Again" hats. They purportedly beat him, poured bleach on him, hollered "This is MAGA country", called him the name that cannot be named, insulted his sexuality, and put a noose around his neck.
Unbelievable. Not unbelievable in the sense of how could someone do that? Unbelievable in the sense of there is no way this is real. On one of the coldest nights of the year, two men in MAGA hats carrying a noose and bleach were wandering the streets of a Chicago neighborhood looking for someone to carry out a racial and LGBT attack on?
I would have accepted that someone had hollered out the car window at him and thrown a beer bottle. There are lots of people that harbor racial hatred. White, black, or any other group you like. But this was like a meme of an attack that seemed to be hitting every stereotype. It felt fake from the start.
I suspect that even the MSM knew it was a bad story or they would have wallpapered the internet with it. CNN has claimed they were skeptical from the beginning. But many outlets and individuals jumped to support Mr. Smollet. It played into their belief system. It supported the meme that racism in America is worse than ever because Trump.
The Chicage police treated this like an armed land mine. Carefully investigating, making no public statements, they worked through it until they unraveled the story. Jussie Smollett apparently paid two minor actors from the show to rough him up and put a noose around his neck. He is still denying it. The story has not completely resolved yet and it is unclear if Mr. Smollett will be charged with any crime.
But it's over. Just like when the buttercups bloom in my yard in late March, I know winter is over, this is over.
Nancy Pelosi had tweeted the following on January 29th, 2019.
Yesterday it was deleted from her account without comment.