Jussie Smollett scam claims spark effective reaction from black, gay Republican

Jussie Smollett scam claims spark effective reaction from black, gay Republican

Iraq War veteran and political analyst Rob Smith had a powerful message for those hurrying to protect previous “Empire” star Jussie Smollett after he was indicted by a grand jury on 6 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to police about his claims of a racist and homophobic attack versus him in January 2019.

” When did it become such a terrific thing to be a victim? That’s what I’m attempting to figure out,” stated Smith on Fox Nation’s” Reality Check with David Webb.”

Smollett was initially charged in 2015 with disorderly conduct for presumably staging a hoax hate criminal activity attack in the streets of Chicago stated to include two advocates of President Donald Trump.

The charges were dropped in March 2019 with little explanation, angering cops authorities and then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The 37- year-old star is reportedly due to return to court on Feb. 24

” I’ve never ever seen myself as a victim. I’ve never depicted that,” continued Smith, who is also African-American and gay. “However there’s many individuals out there who appear to find their identity in victimhood.”

” And the reason that I come out as a black, gay Republican is to tell people that all those labels don’t exist,” he continued. “You can think what you want to believe. And as a black individual or gay person or anything else in America in 2020, nothing is stopping you. This up here,” he said pointing to his head, suggesting that intelligence is the most essential element for success.

Recently, daytime talk program co-host Amanda Seales appeared to applaud Smollett, stating that it is unimportant whether he lied or not.

” Even if it was a hoax, this is actually happening all the time. And even if it was a scam for the sake of bringing attention to this, then I’m like, that’s low-key worthy,” stated Seales, “I’m just at my wits end about us centering circumstances like this and wanting to make people have to pay.”

” What I would say to that is that hate crimes are really real,” stated Smith. “People really are attacked for being gay, for being black, for being whatever, however a hoax like this hurts the real victims of hate criminal offenses.”

Webb likewise asked Smith to react to a brand-new viral video of a young African-American lady, inside a multicultural center at the University of Virginia, recommending that white students must leave the space.


” Frankly, there are just a lot of white people in here and this is an area for people of color [POC],” stated the unidentified lady in the video. “So simply be actually cognizant of the space that you’re taking up since it does make some of us POC uneasy when we see a lot of white people in here.”

” I viewed that video and I remembered I used to be that. … I wasn’t that severe,” Smith stated. “I remember going through college and being an undergrad and you just get the sense that, ‘Oh, we require to have areas for black individuals.'”

” It does an injustice to these trainees since [not one of] these students are learning anything more than to be perpetual victims of bigotry,” he concluded. “I reflect to the manner in which I saw the world– when I saw the world like that girl– and it was it was harming me. And when I saw myself as a victim that was unable to achieve I didn’t see more for myself.”

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Fox News’ Mariah Haas contributed to this report.

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