'Empire' star Jussie Smollett hospitalized after possible homophobic attack https://t.co/D4KrPkJREi— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 29, 2019
Chicago Police Department just sent out this statement re:— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 29, 2019
Jussie Smollett pic.twitter.com/DxQswZn8xd
This is happening. NOW. In OUR country. https://t.co/C1Zxsx9Y9Q— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) January 29, 2019
This is horrific. What kind of country do we live in. https://t.co/unvzWmo6XD— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 29, 2019
My God.— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 29, 2019
Just heard that Jussie Smollet was brutally assaulted in a racist, homophobic hate crime.
This is awful. https://t.co/rSw9G5zIHH
TMZ: We're told when Jussie Smollet walked out, someone yelled, "Aren't you that f***ot 'Empire' n*****?"— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) January 29, 2019
They put a noose around his neck and said “This is MAGA country.”
This is just absolutely outrageous and so enraging. https://t.co/VIKOIItzuJ
"Very fine people"— Skyler Shuler (@Skylerhxc) January 29, 2019
am i right @realDonaldTrump 😡
This is what you get when you have a President that normalizes violence against marginalized groups. I wish him a quick recovery.— Arinze Gerald (@Gerryboy90) January 29, 2019
Horrible news about what happened to Jussie Smollett last night.— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) January 29, 2019
It's almost as if Trump supporters feel empowered to commit hate crimes!
Almost as if they are getting this feeling straight from Donald Trump himself because of what he says, does, tweets, etc!
I wonder why!
Our sweet Jussie Smollett was brutally attacked in Chicago early this morning. Homophobia and racism is tearing apart our country and it’s being fueled by Trump and this hateful administration. The fracture in our humity is growing wider and it’s heartbreaking. 💔— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) January 29, 2019
"This is MAGA country."— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) January 29, 2019
That’s what 2 attackers in ski masks screamed to ‘Empire' star Jussie Smollett as they beat him in a brutal racist, homophobic attack. Horrific!
This is America.
Unless we make change. https://t.co/J937y8sR6b
I'm horrified by the vicious attack on @JussieSmollett Not surprised that the cowards in masks yelled "This is MAGA country." Our country deserves better than the kind of morally bankrupt people who have taken our democracy hostage and condone hate crimes. Sending love to Jussie.— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) January 29, 2019
Let's not sugar coat this.— Kaz Weida (@kazweida) January 29, 2019
Supporters of the President reportedly threatened to lynch Jussie Smollett by putting a noose around his neck, beat him, and burned him with bleach.
Don't tell me that red hat isn't a symbol of white supremacy and hate.
Lynching. In 2019. WTF America. pic.twitter.com/Orlr0XctTt
Lets um... wait.— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) January 29, 2019
Something is very fishy about all of this. Not saying it didn’t happen, but something doesn’t make sense.— Dono6971 (@dono6971) January 29, 2019
I feel guilty about it but I'm skeptical.— Zell (@ZellTietj) January 29, 2019
this...this doesn't seem right.— Esoteric Jeff (@EsotericCD) January 29, 2019
I mean, this is Chicago. And who just happens to be carrying *rope* around with them on a -17 degree day while in Subway?
Maybe it all went down as reported, but something seems off.
This sounds horrifying, but nothing about the facts make sense. What Subway is open in the city at 2AM? On one of the coldest nights in Chicago history? Who carries rope, bleach+ski-masks around in the off-chance they might assault someone?— Esoteric Jeff (@EsotericCD) January 29, 2019
Maybe it all happened this way, but... https://t.co/G4hRbcqx9v
Also, Chicago is many things, but one thing it most definitely isn't is "MAGA country," as Smollett claims his attackers told him.— Esoteric Jeff (@EsotericCD) January 29, 2019
Only way this makes sense is if it was a targeted attack. But how would they have known to target him? None of this makes sense. Wait for more.
Chicago is MAGA country? Now THAT is the real news. 🙄🙄🙄— Amy E Smith (@smith5_amy) January 29, 2019
Yeah the whole thing seems really sketchy. Chicago is “MAGA country”?— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) January 29, 2019
My thoughts exactly. And, maybe I am clueless...but how big is the show Empire among the MAGA class? I have never, ever seen that show, FWIW.— Pradheep J. Shanker, M.D., M.S. (@Neoavatara) January 29, 2019
The whole thing sounds very strange. I'll wait to hear a lot more facts.
People are tweeting back at me "of course the subways are open 24 hours in Chicago!" Dude:— Esoteric Jeff (@EsotericCD) January 29, 2019
1) I live here. I know. And it's the El, not the "subway."
2) This attack is said to have happened in a Subway SANDWICH SHOP. Not the El. at 2AM? Presumably downtown? That's...odd af.
I'm definitely not ruling out that this all went down as described, and if Smollett was at a Subway downtown (turns out there are a few 24hr locations), there is hopefully security/street cam footage to nail the people who did this.— Esoteric Jeff (@EsotericCD) January 29, 2019
Definitely one of those stories where we need to wait 24-48 hours for more information— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) January 29, 2019
This is so weird. I tell my parents not to mention they're Trump supporters up there. My dad considered himself such a rebel in 2012 when he had a Romney sticker on his car.— ☃️ Cold Ginger ❄️ (@mchastain81) January 29, 2019
If it’s two random dudes, would they recognize him that specifically?— Erin S. (@ErinGoBORO) January 29, 2019
Two random dudes who happened to be out in freezing Chicago weather at 2am carrying rope and bleach, supported Trump, AND knew this actor and hated him enough to attack him.— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) January 29, 2019
Yep... all sounds very oddly specific. I do not wish harm on this guy and hope he’s okay, but... I’m super skeptical, here.— Erin S. (@ErinGoBORO) January 29, 2019
TIL Chicago is teeming with gangs of ski-mask wearing white men roaming the street on sub-zero nights hoping to find someone to pour bleach on and scream racist, homophobic slurs at.— Lyndsey Fifield (@lyndseyfifield) January 29, 2019
And that those people WATCH EMPIRE. 🤔https://t.co/jyfr3LS2St
I don't usually come out and call things like this hoaxes until more is known... but we already known enough to clearly say this is just so obviously fake I can't believe even @shaunking is jumping on this after his many recent embarrassments. https://t.co/W7v7Vn92Dy— Lyndsey Fifield (@lyndseyfifield) January 29, 2019
Will be interesting to see if and how this story changes, because this smells of bullshit. https://t.co/m441FtZ3qD— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) January 29, 2019
UPDATE: @thatgrapejuice who “broke” the story has suspiciously updated their site to remove all mentions of the #MAGA hat and “this is MAGA country” quote. If anyone screenshotted the original story plz share. This is getting...stunty.— Rob Smith 🇺🇸 (@robsmithonline) January 29, 2019
Some in media erroneously reporting claims that Jussie Smollett said attackers were white and shouted "MAGA country!" I just spoke with Chicago PD; they deny this. https://t.co/2SRudifVpM— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) January 29, 2019
Could the Jussie Smollett attack have been the work of Trump supporters? Yes. Do we have any evidence of that? No. Everyone calm down and wait for the reporting. Your narrative can hold off. https://t.co/2SRudifVpM— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) January 29, 2019