A 2020 presidential candidate deflected a question about “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s faked hate crime Sunday, instead claiming that hate crimes by the political right are on the rise.
“Well, the information’s still coming out. I’m going to wait until all the information comes out from on the record sources,” said Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.). “We know in America that that bigoted and biased attacks are on the rise, in a serious way.”
Booker failed to “wait for the information” to come out when he claimed the faked hate crime was a “modern-day lynching” shortly after the story broke.
“The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching. I’m glad he’s safe,” Booker said shortly after the event. “To those in Congress who don’t feel the urgency to pass our Anti-Lynching bill designating lynching as a federal hate crime– I urge you to pay attention.”
Sunday, he doubled down, returning to the talking point that the political right is responsible for violence in America, despite the fact the Chicago Police have confirmed that Smollett is not a victim in this case.
“We actually know that in this country, since 9/11, the majority of terrorist attacks on our soil have been right wing terrorist attacks, the majority of them white supremacist attacks,” he said. “From the horrific shootings in Pittsburgh or in South Carolina church, we’re seeing these attacks on people because they’re different. We all need to come together to condemn those attacks, and the hatred and the bigotry that sources them.”
But everyone has condemned the mass shootings in both Pittsburgh and South Carolina, and it is inaccurate to associate those attacks with the political right. Nobody in right wing politics advocates for killing minorities. Booker knows that.
Still, he disgustingly scapegoated Republicans for the twisted actions of Smollett.
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Joe Biden Admits He Wasn’t “Arrested” In South Africa After Exaggerated Claims
Biden said he was arrested trying to visit Nelson Mandela.
Joe Biden is walking back an exaggerated campaign talking point, after being questioned on his claims of being ‘arrested’ in apartheid-era South Africa trying to visit Nelson Mandela in prison.
Biden all but admitted his claims of being arrested were false in an interview on CNN Friday.
He’s claimed that he was “arrested” in several South Carolina campaign speeches trying to visit the South African political leader.
“This day 30 years ago, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison and entered into discussions about apartheid. I had the great honor of meeting him. I had the great honor of being arrested with our UN ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see him on (Robben) Island,” Biden claimed at a Columbia campaign event earlier this month. He’s repeated the claims two times since then.
Biden admitted to CNN’s Joe Berman that he was merely stopped by customs police at the airport for a short period of time when arriving in the country with the Congressional Black Caucus for a visit in the 1970’s.
His claims of being arrested during a direct attempt to visit Mandela are equally dubious, considering he was merely stopped in the city of Soweto. Soweto is hundreds of miles away from Cape Town’s Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned for decades by the apartheid-era government.
For what it’s worth, the western political leaders such as Joe Biden who were acutely interested in South Africa during the Apartheid era of political repression have largely forgotten about the country and its declining standard of living since then.
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