Jussie Smollett’s trial for an alleged hate crime scam brought Vice President Kamala Harris back into the spotlight over his hip shot that he was a victim of a “modern lynching.”
Ms Harris was caught up in a wave of social media ridicule this week over a nearly three-year-old tweet accusing him of racist alleged attack on Mr Smollett. The first prosecutor’s witnesses testified on Tuesday against an actor accused of organizing a fake assault in Chicago, which he denies.
“This was a modern-day lynching attempt,” Ms. Harris tweeted on Jan. 29, 2019, the day Smollett reported being beaten by two Trump-like attackers. “No one should have to fear for their lives because of their sexuality or skin color. We have to face this anger. “
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Three weeks later, he returned the comment without directly criticizing Mr. Smollett, saying he was “sad, frustrated, and disappointed,” while noting that “hate crimes are on the rise in America.”
His tweets could have been forgotten without a trial.
Mr. Smollett, 39, who was previously a star on the Fox television show “Empire,” receives six charges of harassing behavior based on alleged false police reports. His defense team says the attackers beat him and then put him in frames.
.@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest and gentlest human beings I know. I pray for his speedy recovery.
This was a modern lynching attempt. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or skin color. We have to face this anger.
– Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 29, 2019
Meanwhile, Ms Harris was once again mocked as she struggles with low approval ratings and the notion that when it comes to abuses, the former prosecutor is more interested in the political calculation than the fact.
“It simply came to our notice then [tweets] This has certainly not illustrated the abstinence or been the best for his future prospects, ”said Wilfred Reilly, an assistant professor at Kentucky State University and author of the 2019 book Hate Crime Hoax.
His revived tweets spread on social media, as well as comments from conservative experts like Benny Johnson, who tweeted: “Back: Kamala Harris once called Jussie Smollett’s allegations of an attack a” modern-day lynching attempt. “
Twitchy said Monday: “Almost immediately after Smollett claimed to have been the victim of a racist attack, Harris did not expect the facts to begin.”
In Portland, Oregon, reporter Andy Ngo tweeted that “leftists across the United States believed in the actor’s wild claims at the time, including Kamala Harris,” while other commentators said his tweet was “outdated like fine milk” and that he “used [Jussie] Smollett’s story continues and continues about the country’s racism. “
Meanwhile, in a column on Tuesday, The Daily Beast emphasized his “way of commenting on reverse comments and grabbing stories that reinforce his favorite world.”
“While Harris was by no means the only progressive defender, his comments were particularly noteworthy because he said Mr. Smollett had gone through a ‘modern lynch’ and because the former prosecutor would soon end up as Joe Biden ‘s runner – up,” said senior columnist Matt Lewis.
Biden initially expressed his support for Smollett, declaring that “homophobia and racism have no place in our streets or in our hearts. We are with you, Jussie.”
Senator Cory A. Booker, a Democrat in New Jersey, called it a “modern lynching attempt.”
Kamala Harris tweeted back in the spotlight from 2019 at the start of Jussie Smollett’s trial https://t.co/j2wG5RXZNZ
– Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 29, 2021
If Miss Harris has borne the brunt of the criticism, it may be because she has a history.
As a California senator, Harris was on Christine Blasey Ford’s side and declared “I believe you” at the 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Brett M. Kavanaugh’s proposal to the Supreme Court, even though Ford’s allegation of sexual violence was not substantiated. Judge Kavanaugh was confirmed.
Harris showed his support last year to Jacob Blake, who was shot in the back seven times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, saying police who pressed the trigger “should be prosecuted.” State and federal prosecutors refused to prosecute and found Blake was armed with a knife.
Blake’s attorney, Ben Crump, said Miss Harris told her client that she was “proud of her and how she was coping with her pain,” even though Blake was accused at the time of alleged sexual abuse by her ex-girlfriend. He pleaded guilty in November 2020 to two disorders and domestic violence.
As California’s Attorney General, Harris launched a raid in 2016 on the home of David Daleiden, a life-defending investigator, for his secret description of a film by Planned Parenthood officers. He sued him last year and accused him of arming his office to punish his political enemies after he was found guilty of, among other things, intrusion and violating recording laws. He has complained.
Harris also encouraged Twitter last year to donate to the Minneapolis Freedom Fund, “which helped pay bail for protesters in the Minnesota field,” when rioters robbed businesses and set fire to a police district after George Floyd was killed by police.
“Harris has – at least recently – been known for advocating for‘ woken up ’causes and has publicly supported Jacob Blake, Christine Blasey Ford and the Minneapolis rioters and Smollett,” Mr Reilly said. “But, the elephant in the room problem for him is that many of the accounts of the modern left are not quite accurate: Blake turned out to be an accused rapist who was armed when police shot him, and Smollett may be the most. Infamous liar of this century.”
Smollett said two people attacked him in Chicago, beat him, put a noose around his neck, mocked him with racist and anti-gay slander, and shouted “this is MAGA land,” referring to President Trump’s “Make” America Great Again “slogan.
Cook County Attorney Kim Foxx’s office caused a public outcry by dropping all charges against him in March 2019. The judge appointed Special Prosecutor Dan K. Webb to re-examine the case. A large jury indicted Mr. Smollett in February 2020.
Chicago police chief Michael Theis testified Tuesday that police “determined that the alleged hate crime was indeed a staged event and did not occur.” When asked who organized the scam, he replied, “Mr. Jussie Smollett,” says The Chicago Tribune.
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