On Monday, Christian satire site Babylon Bee wrote the headline: “Nation's Liberals Devastated After Learning Hate Crime Didn't Actually Happen.”
The problem with doing political satire these days is that liberals can say things more absurd than satire.
That’s the case with numerous celebrities and political commentators who immediately rallied around “Empire” star Jussie Smollett but are now struggling with mounting evidence that the entire hate attack perpetrated against him may have been a hoax of his own making.
Writing for the liberal news site Daily Beast, award-winning journalist Ernest Owens actually admitted that he “was devastated on Saturday when news broke that two police sources with knowledge of the investigation into the attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett had told CNN that they believe he paid two brothers from Nigeria to stage his assault.”
Owens was devastated that Smollett, a gay black man, wasn’t actually attacked in a hate crime? That’s an odd thing to be devastated about.
Late last month, Smollett claimed he was attacked in the middle of the night in Chicago by two white President Trump supporters who shouted racist and anti-gay slurs at him and yelled “This is MAGA country!” while physically assaulting him. Now police sources are saying that the attack appears to be staged by Smollett and two Nigerian “Empire” extras.
Liberals are having a very, very difficult time dealing with this as the number of people that still believe Smollett is telling the truth is rapidly dwindling. Some are even creating conspiracy theories to convince themselves that the actor is still a victim.
According to Fox News, Rapper Cardi B expressed on social media: “I’m not gonna say, yet, until he says out his mouth that it was fake and the [expletive] was staged. I don’t want to completely blame him because… somebody that I was talking to, they said police in Chicago are racist and so they might probably be trying to frame him and make him look like he’s a liar. But if he’s not, then bro, you [expletived] up.”
“Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay wrote on Twitter, “Despite the inconsistencies, I can’t blindly believe Chicago PD. The department that covered up shooting Laquan McDonald over a dozen times? That operated an off-site torture facility? That one? I’ll wait. Whatever the outcome, this won’t stop me from believing others. It can’t.”
Others struggled emotionally as well.
New York Times contributor Roxane Gay, “I don’t even know what to say about Jussie Smollett. His story has seemed suspect for days now but I genuinely thought no one, and especially no one that famous, could make something like that up.”
“How would do something like this?” she continued. “Why would he think the police wouldn’t investigate? Why would he make it harder for people who actually suffer from hate crimes? It makes no sense. The lie is so damaging. The time the CPD [Chicago Police Department] has spent/wasted on this. The people who supported him.”
“If that man staged his own attack he is wrong in so many ways,” actress and liberal commentator Alyssa Milano wrote on Twitter. “No one could be that hurtful? To stage this? Right? To [expletive] with all of us by playing into our weaknesses & make it even harder for victims to come forward?! No one could choose to be that hurtful? Right?! RIGHT?”
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was asked about her previous tweet condemning the attack on Smollett as a “modern-day lynching.” When someone brought it up Monday, she was taken completely off-guard, stumbling over her words on camera before saying she wanted to wait for more evidence this time around before commenting on the case.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.Y.), who also referred to it as a “modern-day lynching,” told reporters Sunday, "The information is still coming out. I'm going to withhold until all the information actually comes out from on the record sources."
Smollett’s attorneys continue to insist he’s telling the truth. The Chicago Police have not officially called his attack a hoax.
Early Tuesday, a police spokesman officially announced that the investigators were looking into a tip putting Smollett and the Nigerian brothers in the same place on the night of the alleged attack. According to the Associated Press, someone in Smollett’s apartment building spotted the three of them together in an elevator. It appears that police have since investigated that tip and dismissed it, according to Fox 32 Chicago reporter Rafer Weigel's law enforcement sources.