When the public first learned of the so-called attack on actor Jussie Smollett, Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Senator, Michael Bennet, tweeted out his support for Smollett. Today, according to NBC News, Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct for the allegedly “false report” he filed with Chicago Police on January 29, in which he claimed to be assaulted by two men in red hats who yelled, “this is MAGA country,” poured bleach on Smollett, and tied a noose around his neck. It probably doesn’t need to be pointed out that this was in the middle of the City of Chicago, decidedly not MAGA country, but we digress.
Here’s the tweet that remains on Bennet’s Twitter feed:
Will Bennet walk back his support of the embattled star? We can all agree that homophobia, racism, and other forms of hate should be shunned. But, right now, it looks like the primary vehicle of hate is likely Smollett, whose allegedly false accusation painted Trump supporters as homophobic racists. Before you start screaming that he’s innocent until proven guilty (and we agree), think about what kind of evidence would make the police turn on a so-called victim in such a public way. It has to be weighty and air-tight.
Nonetheless, will Bennet keep the tweet up until Smollett is found guilty? Will he apologize to Trump supporters who he potentially maligned by unwittingly promoting this alleged hoax? Why is the tweet still up?