Donald Trump attacks Jussie Smollett for ‘racist and dangerous’ MAGA comments as celebs react to star’s arrest
President Donald Trump didn’t waste any time slamming Jussie Smollett on Twitter after Chicago police announced at a press conference this morning that the Empire star faked his own assault.
Early Thursday morning Smollett turned himself in to police and was charged with felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report for an orchestrated attack. Police say two brothers who were paid to beat him up as part of a scheme to increase the popular actor’s salary.
Trump weighed in this morning blasting Smollet, calling the false allegations “racist and dangerous.”
.@JussieSmollett – what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019
—Chicago police say Jussie Smollett faked attack to ‘promote his career’—
“This stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference. “So, he concocted a story about being attacked.”
Smollett, Johnson said, “took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”
“I’m left hanging my head and asking why. Why would anyone especially an African-American man use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations,” Johnson said.
“It’s just despicable,” Johnson said. “It makes you wonder what’s going through someone’s mind.”
“When we discovered the actual motive, quite frankly, it pissed everybody off,” the superintendent added. https://t.co/k7gMeb9j94#JussieSmollett pic.twitter.com/NKNVKb4a3t
— Ashlee Rezin (@Ashlee_Rezin) February 21, 2019
Some have called Trump’s twees tone deaf given that he was blatantly aligned with white supremacists in the past.
NYTimes columnist Charles M. Blow, clapped back at Trump’s tweet saying:
“What about the tens of millions of MAGA people who insult America everyday with their support of your racist and dangerous comments!? #BoyBye”
—NYPD blares violent diss track to mock gang members from squad cars—
News of Smollett’s arrest took some of his celebrity friends by surprise.
“Jussie is a friend & if this is true I’m sad 4 him. X. e. #whyjussie Police Say Jussie Smollett Staged Assault as Publicity Stunt” tweeted actress and former Cosby show star Erika Alexander.
Jussie is a friend & if this is true I’m sad 4 him. X. e. #whyjussie Police Say Jussie Smollett Staged Assault as Publicity Stunt https://t.co/MRoTJ2hqqp
— Erika Alexander (@EAlexTheGreat) February 21, 2019
—REPORT: Jussie Smollett indicted for filing a false police report about his alleged racist, homophobic attack by MAGA supporters—
Comedian Quinta Brunson, made light of the situation tweeting:
“I was following the hell out of this Jussie case and all signs led to this, sadly. I now know I could have a 2nd career as a detective. I think I watched too much of cancelled fox show called “lie to me” when I was a child.”
I was following the hell out of this Jussie case and all signs led to this, sadly. I now know I could have a 2nd career as a detective. I think I watched too much of cancelled fox show called “lie to me” when I was a child.
— Quinta. (@quintabrunson) February 21, 2019