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The Jussie Smollett case is already deeply strange, but it could reach a new level of bizarre in the the next few days.
Smollett, if you’re not aware, is the openly gay actor and singer who is now at the center of a “hate crime” controversy. On Jan. 29, the television star claimed that he had been assaulted by racists who hurled homophobic and racial slurs while trying to lynch him.
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The African-American actor went on to insist that it was Trump supporters ranting about “MAGA country” who had attacked him. Quick to use the alleged incident for political points, liberal politicians ranging from Nancy Pelosi to Cory Booker and Kamala Harris all accepted his version of events and used Twitter to promote the narrative that the “lynching” was a consequence of President Donald Trump’s presence in the White House.
Meanwhile, many establishment media outlets ran with that angle as well, basically lecturing the country about how racist and terrible the right was. This headline for GQ, for instance, is an example of one that isn’t aging well.
Then the questions started flying.
Keen observers — or, say, anyone with even a hint of skepticism — pointed out that major parts of the story didn’t add up. On the night that Smollett claimed he was followed and attacked while out and about in Chicago, the weather was so terrible that nearly nobody was outside.
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There was also the pesky fact that contrary to a key detail of his story, Chicago is the polar opposite of “MAGA country.”
The idea that Trump-hat-wearing, noose-carrying racists were wandering around a predominantly black, liberal city in the dead of winter looking for trouble struck many as implausible — and the story became even more unlikely after police couldn’t confirm it even after poring over camera footage and other evidence.
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