During a nearly two-hour-long monologue Tuesday night at the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual spring dinner, President Donald Trump poked fun at disgraced Hollywood actor Jussie Smollett, aka “the actor that nobody ever heard of.”
“So we have the greatest theme I think of all time — ‘Make America Great Again.’ MAGA, MAGA, MAGA country, right?” he said while speaking about the “Make America Great Again” theme of his successful 2016 presidential election campaign and his successful presidency.
“How about the guy from Chicago?” he added. “The actor that nobody ever heard of. He said he got taken out by ‘MAGA country.’ I said, ‘What the hell was that?’ I guess that’s a hate crime, right?”
Listen to the president below:
The jest was made amid reports that Cook County Judge Steven Watkins announced that he’ll decide whether or not to make Smollett’s case files public sometime in late May.
“A judge said Tuesday that it will be several weeks before he decides whether to make public the court file in the Jussie Smollett case, delaying the possibility for media organizations to read it for clues about why prosecutors, without explanation, announced the decision last week to dismiss the charges against the ‘Empire’ actor,” USA Today reported on Tuesday.
“During a brief hearing, Cook County Judge Steven Watkins said he didn’t agree with attorneys representing media organizations, including The Associated Press, that the public’s right to see the file represented an emergency. Watkins set a schedule for motions and arguments that he said would result in his written decision in late May.”
Abruptly after the disgraced Hollywood actor was prematurely acquitted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct last week by local prosecutors who chose to discount the evidence against him and simply drop all charges, these same prosecutors granted approval for the actor’s records to be sealed.
Lies, lies and more lies.
Get rid of this creep and bring back justice. https://t.co/PBclR8goeb
— Keith Lehman (@kalehman492) March 29, 2019
“Neither the Cook County state’s attorney’s office nor Judge Steven Watkins objected when Smollett’s lawyers sought the immediate sealing of all the records at the same March 26 hearing at which prosecutors abruptly announced the dismissal of the charges,” the Chicago Tribune has confirmed.
This has made it near impossible for anyone to discern any legitimate answers.
At the center of the controversy is Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, whose continued ingenuousness and obfuscation have led many to suspect that she’s corrupt.
First, she allowed former first lady Michelle Obama’s chief of staff to intervene in the Smollett case back in February. Then she announced that she’d be recusing herself from the case because of this intervention. Only after charges against Smollett were dropped was it learned by the media that she never actually recused herself. She simply handed the case off to her assistant.
According to the Chicago Tribune, it was this same woman who refused to object when Smollett’s attorneys demanded that his records be sealed. And it’s likewise this same woman who wrote an op-ed last week claiming that she thinks his records should be unsealed.
“In the interest of full transparency, I would prefer these records be made public,” she wrote. “However, in this case, Illinois law allows defendants in certain circumstances to request that public records remain sealed. Smollett chose to pursue that avenue, and so my office is barred from releasing those records without his approval.”
She forgot to mention that it was her office that approved the sealing.
Dovetailing back to the president’s remarks, he was technically wrong. Smollett was a known and respected actor prior to the hoax he pulled. Thanks to his hoax, he’s now a known and despised actor.
In the last week, he’s been ruthlessly mocked by comedian Chris Rock, comedian Tracey Morgan and even “Saturday Night Live.” The show he stars on, “Empire,” has meanwhile plummeted in ratings. And according to the latest reports, chances are Smollett may be dropped from the show.
“Already written out of the final two episodes of the series’ current fifth season, Smollett’s option is up in late June. That gives the now Disney-owned 20th Century Fox TV and the Lachlan Murdoch-run Fox network some time to gauge which way the wind is blowing and, as one source said, ‘cut their losses if need be’ by opting not to bring Smollett back,” Deadline reported last week.
Perhaps the president should have described him as “the actor that nobody will ever hear from again” instead of “the actor that nobody ever heard of.”
Looking forward to watching your entire career fall apart. You are a mentally disturbed racist individual. People like you make the world worse for all the good people out there.
— Toolfan462 (@Toolfan4621) April 2, 2019
When the final damage done by #JUSSIE_SMOLLETT, his defenders and apologists is tallied it will be enormous. Millions of dollars wasted, lives ruined, careers destroyed
possibly people jailed and so on. His #narcissim & #self_absorbtion has been deadly.https://t.co/UgyRKLSYzp
— FREE SPEECH / CIVIL LIBERTIES REVIEW (@LairdMWilcox) April 2, 2019
— Donald Ray Massee (@drmassee) April 2, 2019
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