Kamala Harris changes her tune about Jussie Smollett case

If this is an indication of how a Kamala Harris presidency may evolve, the nation is in serious trouble if she is elected.

The Democratic senator from California was certain about the course of events on the day “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett reported to police that he had been attacked, calling it a “modern-day lynching.”

“.@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery,” Harris tweeted. “This was an attempted modern-day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.”

Smollett, who is black and gay, claimed he was attacked by two white men wearing masks and red hats, which have become synonymous with Trump’s MAGA hats. The men allegedly hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him and beat him. The assailants also threw an unidentified liquid on him and hung a rope around his neck like a noose, the actor claimed.

And if that wasn’t enough, Smollett claimed the men yelled, “This is MAGA country!”

All of this occurring in Chicago, Illinois, mind you.

When the far-reaching story unraveled the following month and Smollett was arrested for staging the alleged hate crime — one month to the day after Harris had announced that she was running for president — Harris took to Twitter to express her disappointment.

“Like most of you, I’ve seen the reports about Jussie Smollett, and I’m sad, frustrated, and disappointed,” Harris tweeted, while denouncing making false claims to police in a statement.

During the investigation of the alleged crime, a video surfaced of two men linked to Smollett, Ola and Abel Osundairo, buying red hats and ski masks.

The Nigerian brothers, who had appeared on “Empire,” would tell police they helped stage the attack, saying Smollett paid them $3,500 for their part — the actor was said to be trying to drum up publicity for his role on the Fox drama.

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Which brings us to this week’s bombshell news that local prosecutors dropped all charges against Smollett and sealed the initial indictment.

A move that drew harsh criticism from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, of all people, who angrily called the decision  “a whitewash of justice,” as he lashed out at Smollett for turning the laws “inside out, upside down for only one thing — himself.”

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who said prosecutors did not inform them of the decision beforehand, added unequivocally: “At the end of the day it was Smollett who committed this hoax.”

But nearly two months into the drama, and despite all the damning evidence, Harris, a former prosecutor, finds herself unable to espouse an opinion.

“I’m completely confused,” she said Tuesday. “I don’t understand. I don’t know, I don’t know the underlying evidence. There’s a sealed document, obviously. I don’t know. I’m at a loss.”

With rumors about Michelle Obama intervening swirling about, social media users were not as confused about the antics on display by someone who wants to hold the most powerful office in the world.

Here’s a sampling of the responses from Twitter:

https://twitter.com/phrogs00/status/1110737101035921409

https://twitter.com/WitStream1/status/1110847642031046656

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