Details are still emerging about the horrifying racist and homophobic attack on actor Jussie Smollett that unfolded in Chicago on Tuesday morning, but what we already know is stomach-churning. The star of the hit show “Empire” was assaulted by two men who reportedly poured bleach on him, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, and fastened a noose around his neck before fleeing the scene.
Smollet’s music manager was on the phone with him during the terrifying incident and says he heard who he presumes was one of the assailants yell something about “MAGA country.”
Today, President Trump was asked about the hate crime and once again demonstrated how pathologically incapable he is of providing any kind of reassurance or leadership when the nation needs it most. A reporter asked if he had heard the Smollett story and at first, Trump didn’t seem to know what she was talking about. As the reporter gave more details, the president seemed to catch on.
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“That I can tell you is horrible. I’ve seen it last night. I think that’s horrible. It doesn’t get worse, as far as I’m concerned,” he said, keeping his answer intentionally vague and milquetoast and conveniently failing to mention the allegations that it was his own Make America Great fanatics who carried out the attack.
He then launched into an incredibly confusing, rambling tangent, somehow jumping from the hate crime to his pet border wall project, despite the fact that the two have absolutely nothing to do with each other.
“As far as the people are concerned, many of those people wanted me to stay out but I didn’t want to do it because people were getting hurt. People… What I think is the worst sin of all is the fact that we’re allowing people to come into this country and sell drugs and human traffic and do all of these horrible things, that if we had the simplicity of a well constructed, beautiful barrier or wall, they wouldn’t be able to come into our country. That to me is the great sin. And everybody knows it works,” he rambled on and on.
The weird spiel obviously has nothing to do with the question he was asked, which means there are two possibilities. Either Trump didn’t know about the attack, which would be inexcusable and would show how little he cares about the crimes against minorities carried out by his followers.
The other possibility is that he did know the details of Smollett’s attack, but had no interest in talking about them at length and preferred to pivot to his inane border wall talking points.