The narrative that two Trump supporters attacked Hollywood actor Jussie Smollett outside his apartment building in Chicago last month appears to be crumbling faster than a day-old muffin.
Recall that Smollett claimed in late January that two men had assaulted him, poured bleach on him and placed a noose around his neck, all while allegedly yelling racial and homophobic slurs and allegedly shouting “MAGA country.” FYI, Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1931, but OK.
The dubious description of the alleged attack provided to local authorities led the left to assume the perpetrators were racist white men who of course represent all of President Donald Trump’s nearly 63 million supporters. Except the actual facts seem to show something else.
On Thursday local Chicago authorities raided the home of two “persons of interests,” both of them Nigerian brothers. At the home authorities found “a black face mask hat, an ‘Empire’ script, a phone, receipts, a red hat and bleach,” according to Los Angeles station KCAL.
“Empire” is an ongoing Fox series that stars Smollett. According to the two men’s attorney, Gloria Schmidt, they know the actor and have worked with him on the series.
“They do know Jussie. They have worked with him on ‘Empire.’ My preliminary investigations show that on set it’s very tight. They’re all very cordial with each other, so they’re baffled why they are people of interest,” she said to the station.
Perhaps they wouldn’t be as baffled if they examined the facts. The two were reportedly arrested while arriving back into the U.S. at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
“They were actually detained at customs at O’Hare airport yesterday around 5:45 p.m. They had no idea what was going on, and they’ve been detained since then,” their attorney admitted.
Nothing suspicious about that, right? Except according to a relative who lives at their home with them, the two left had left for Nigeria the exact same day that Smollett was attacked.
BREAKING:Police raided the home of two persons of interest in Jussie Smollett case last night. Both men are of Nigerian decent and have appeared as extras on the show. Police took bleach, shoes electronics and more.Officers asked family if they knew #Jussiesmollett. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/PDSFtf5jwb
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 14, 2019
This information is according to family who says home was ransacked. I asked family why they think police picked the two brothers up for questioning and they replied by saying the men left for #Nigeria the day of the attack. @cbschicago
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 14, 2019
The two were identified Friday morning by the Daily Mail as actors and gym rats Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo. Smollett reportedly follows their Instagram account:
What remains unclear is why on Earth they’d attack their colleague. Some speculation has arisen that perhaps Smollett and the two men had staged the attack.
“Multiple sources have told ABC7 Eyewitness News that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack allegedly because Smollett was being written off of ‘Empire,'” Chicago station WLS reported late Thursday evening.
A reporter with Chicago station WBBM claimed the same thing:
— Brad Edwards (@tvbrad) February 15, 2019
However, shortly after these claims began circulating, the Chicago Police Department’s chief communications officer, Anthony Guglielmi, seemingly dismissed them as false.
“Media reports anout (sic) the Empire incident being a hoax are unconfirmed by case detectives,” he tweeted. “Supt Eddie Johnson has contacted @ABC7Chicago to state on the record that we have no evidence to support their reporting and their supposed CPD sources are uninformed and inaccurate.”
Media reports anout the Empire incident being a hoax are unconfirmed by case detectives. Supt Eddie Johnson has contacted @ABC7Chicago to state on the record that we have no evidence to support their reporting and their supposed CPD sources are uninformed and inaccurate. pic.twitter.com/iSO5YFv452
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 15, 2019
Note his use of the word “unconfirmed.”
Fox issued its own statement also dismissing the allegation:
Statement just in from Fox on Jussie Smollett pic.twitter.com/nNSHNSxV8w
— David Mack (@davidmackau) February 15, 2019
A couple hours later Chicago station WFLD reporter Rafer Weigel tweeted that the two men were still in custody and that questioning would resume Friday.
#CPD says POI in #JussieSmollett case are still in police custody. Questioning will resume tomorrow, Friday. They have not been charged..yet.
You can be detained for up to 48 hours for investigation as long as officers have probable cause that a crime may have been committed.
— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) February 15, 2019
As of Friday morning there were no additional reports. There was just anger and frustration that the American people had again been hoodwinked by what to many appears be just another run-of-the-mill fake hate crime designed to make the president look bad.
Another fake hate crime to divide the country against Trump.
What a piece of SHIT.https://t.co/F3sINBdOsg
— Castrovania (@Castrovania) February 15, 2019
@JussieSmollett have you noticed that one lie leads to another lie and eventually that lie leads to a bigger lie. Jussie my question to you. Why would you fake a hate crime? #MAGA supporters would like to know what is your deal with Trump supporters? Waiting for a reply.
— ❌Trump Train❌ (@MichelleTrain79) February 15, 2019
oh wow another fake trump supporter hate crime that never happened im so surprised
— stack?? (@Stackular) February 15, 2019
Oh look, YET ANOTHER fake “hate crime”. Your imaginary “racists” don’t exist outside of leftist folklore. https://t.co/9qIgCeWlTC
— The TENDER FOR LAW (@thetenderforlaw) February 15, 2019
— BlessedMamaC (@BlessedMamaC) February 15, 2019
@ScottMGreer A modern day lynching = Another Fake Hate Crime Hoax to Hurt Trump
— Shemp Howard (@SenatorShemp) February 15, 2019
Hell yeah we are!! Another fake trump supporter hate crime exposed. It’s literally the same end result every single time. What’s utterly surprising is the sheep that continue to fall for it with such bravado. At some point you’ll have to turn against your puppet masters no?
— MZych (@mdzych864) February 15, 2019
List of previous fake hate crimes:
- #1. Media quick to report nooses hung in Mississippi, not-so-eager to give details on accompanying ‘hate signs’
- #2. Elderly Hispanic man beaten with brick blamed on white pro-Trumpers. Nevermind that the perp is …
- #3. NYC synagogue vandalism suspect is a gay, black former City Hall anti-hate crime staffer
- #4. Muslim woman arrested after media hyped her fake anti-Trump ‘hate crime hoax’ story
- #5. Remember the ‘hate crime’ that provoked Air Force head’s viral rant on race? Turns out it’s a hoax.
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