Kamala Harris was completely caught off guard when asked by a reporter about ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett’s alleged hate hoax, after she called it a “modern day lynching” prior to Chicago police expressing doubt in the truthfulness of Smollett’s narrative.
Harris was questioned by media about whether she was too hasty regarding her remarks on the alleged hate crime hoax perpetrated by Smollett now that police have cast serious doubts on Smollett’s version of events.
On Twitter, the Democrat presidential candidate previously called the attack on Smollett “an attempted modern day lynching,” adding “we must confront this hate.” A Fox News reporter asked Harris whether she regretted the tweet, catching Harris off guard.
“Which tweet? What tweet?” Harris asked in response to the question. When the reporter started to clarify her question, Harris looked toward her campaign staff and laughed awkwardly.
Harris then elaborated with a rambling answer, “So I will say this about that case: I think that the facts are still unfolding, and I’m very concerned about obviously,” interrupting herself with several pauses and stammers before trailing off.
While Harris’s excuse of “the facts are still unfolding” may have been good enough for Fox News, it is worth noting that she first tweeted about the alleged hate crime only hours after it happened.
.@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery.
This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 29, 2019
Smollett, an actor on the TV show ‘Empire’, claimed that he was beaten and attacked with bleach and a rope by two white men wearing Make America Great Again hats. Smollett refused to give police his cell phone, which could have proven his series of events, and refused further contact with the police.
After investigating, the Chicago Police Department revealed it believes the crime to be a hoax perpetuated by Smollett to persuade the producers of ‘Empire’ to keep his character in the show.
According to a Fox News reporter, “Empire” star Jussie Smollett is no longer considered a victim in what he alleged was a hate crime orchestrated against him by Trump supporters.
“CPD Spox: Jussie Smollett is no longer considered a victim in this case,” said Mike Tobin on Twitter.
Originally, Smollett claimed that he was attacked in the early morning by racist and homophobic Trump supporters who yelled slurs and “This is MAGA country” while they tied a rope around his neck, beat him, and poured bleach on him. Saturday, Chicago Police confirmed that his alleged “attackers” two Nigerian friends of Smollett’s, both extras on “Empire,” purchased the rope. There are unconfirmed reports that Smollett paid them to perpetrate the hoax.
While these facts already persuaded Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to delete her tweet decrying the fictional hate crime, Harris appears to be doubling down.
SLEEPY: Joe Biden Campaign Team Pulls Joe from Daily Activities at 8:35AM, Months Before Election
Joe Biden’s press relations teams announced a “lid” to the traveling press pool at 8:34 EST on Saturday, surprising some observers with the announcement that the Democratic candidate would not make any public appearances on a Saturday merely seven weeks before the November presidential election.
Biden is taking it easy for the day at his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
The Biden campaign has called a lid at 8:35am, per pool. So we won’t see Joe Biden today.
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) September 19, 2020
After facing skepticism for the decision from some of the traveling press, a Biden campaign operative made it seem as if the off-day was some sort of calculated plan.
.@edokeefe reports the Biden move to lay low may seem “odd or misguided”, but his team disagrees.
A senior aide said, “We’ve been through some high-pressure times before and we’re always deliberate about how we respond…People will question our tactics and we’ll do our thing.”
— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) September 19, 2020
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is holding a packed rally in North Carolina, preceded by White House meetings and pressers with reporters.
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) September 19, 2020
“There have been 29 times a vacancy opened during an election year… every single time, the sitting president made a nomination.” pic.twitter.com/TbX2qw6uU7
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) September 19, 2020
Biden has surprised even friendly corporate media reporters covering his campaign with his amount of ‘off-days,’ consistently declining to actively campaign for the Presidency as the nation approaches the election.
The former Vice President appeared later than he usually does in public Friday night, reading from a prepared statement mourning the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Perhaps the “late night” (it was only about 9PM local time) appearance in public derailed Biden’s plans for possible campaign stops the next day. It’s relatively unprecedented for a major party presidential candidate to simply decline to campaign seven weeks before an election in the modern era of campaigns and elections.
Joe Biden reads from a statement in response to the news that Justice Ginsburg, 87, has died. pic.twitter.com/XZTWqOjlxn
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 19, 2020
Biden doesn’t even really have the energy to campaign. How is he going to govern as President?
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