After Jussie Smollett’s hate hoax attempt stained the entire city of Chicago after the B-list actor attempted to smear its residents, and supporters of President Donald J. Trump, as a group of roving racists, the new Chicago mayor says she does not consider the matter important.
Even after the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police gave Obama-connected prosecutor Kim Foxx a vote of no confidence, pursued civil charges against Smollett, and current mayor Rahm Emmanuel slammed Smollett for his hoax, the incoming Chicago mayor told local media that the hoax “doesn’t rank as a matter of any importance” to her administration.
Smollett infamously told police and the media he was attacked by a gang of Trump supporters at 2 a.m., had bleach thrown over his body, and was nearly killed as the men yelled “This is MAGA country.” Police later found this to be completely inaccurate, and arrested Smollett.
The charges would then be dropped by an Obama connected prosecutor, who previously told the public she had recused herself from the case.
Even Chicago’s outgoing Mayor Emmanuel slammed Smollett for wasting police resources and disparaging the city in the process.
Yet, speaking to ABC 7 Chicago, the diverse mayor-elect refused to comment, except for noting that she does not consider Smollett or his actions important.
“I’m not going to comment on any pending litigation,” said Lightfoot. “Obviously this was a decision that was made by the current mayor, Rahm Emanuel,”
She added, “We’ve got a lot of things on our plate, a lot of pressing issues that are truly affecting people’s lives. This doesn’t rank as a matter of any importance to me.”
It remains to be seen how the civil case will end. Chicago is suing Smollett in order to seek $130,000 as recompense for the massive amount of money spent chasing the imaginary white supremacist attackers, and Smollett’s legal team is exploring a brave new strategy: they are claiming the Nigerians allegedly paid by Smollett to commit the attack were, in fact, wearing “white face.”
No Traditional Farewell Ceremony for Donald Trump, Pentagon Confirms
The last time the Pentagon hadn’t held one was 40 years ago.
President Donald Trump will not receive a traditional farewell ceremony from the Pentagon, according to two officials who confirmed the news to Defense One.
Kevin Baron, Defense One’s founding executive editor, broke the story in the form of a commentary, saying that “it’s a shame, but not a surprise” and claiming that Trump “has used the military as a political prop since his first days in office.”
Although not a longstanding tradition per se, the Pentagon has held a farewell tribute for presidents leaving office going back four decades. The last time it hadn’t happened was when Jimmy Carter exited the White House and Ronald Reagan became president in 1981.
Despite not receiving a tribute from the Pentagon, Trump will ostensibly hold his own departure ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and then fly to Florida on Air Force One early Wednesday morning. According to an anonymous individual who spoke with ABC News, “officials are considering an elaborate send-off event reminiscent of the receptions he’s received during state visits abroad, complete with a red carpet, color guard, military band and even a 21-gun salute.”
Last Friday Trump announced on Twitter that he would not be attending the inauguration of Joe Biden.
Vice President Mike Pence will deliver remarks Saturday to military personnel at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California, and then again on Sunday before 10th Mountain Division soldiers at Fort Drum, New York. He is expected to laud President Trump’s foreign policy achievements.
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