Jussie Smollett ain’t got nothin’ on Sabrina Belcher, a Democrat candidate running for mayor of Sumter, South Carolina.
Belcher was arrested earlier this week for allegedly filming a fake kidnapping of herself and filing a false police report as part of an effort to win sympathy votes. She was charged with conspiracy, as well.
Here’s the quick scoop, via the Post Millennial.
Police have arrested a Democratic candidate in South Carolina for allegedly filming a fake kidnapping of herself to win votes while running for mayor, reports The State.
Authorities charged Sabrina Belcher with conspiracy as well as filing a false police report following the fake kidnapping.
She was filmed being robbed, beaten and kidnapped on Tuesday in a video on Facebook live and according to The State, Belcher arranged the whole incident in order to get “sympathy” before the election.
As Andy Ngô, editor-at-large for the Post Millennial noted, Belcher isn’t (wasn’t?) just running to become the city’s “first black female mayor,” she’s also a rapper. Of course she is.
A Sumter, S.C. woman & rapper who was running to be the city’s “first black female mayor” has been arrested for allegedly faking her own kidnapping & beating for sympathy votes. Sabrina Princess Belcher, 29, live-streamed the stunt on FB. #HateHoax https://t.co/aTicHOnBkf pic.twitter.com/quhwJdPoyb
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 21, 2020
Ready for the faux drama? Grab some popcorn, and check it out.
Sabrina Belcher – running for mayor of Stumpter, SC – faked her own kidnapping to get sympathy votes. What is happening to America?!
(She's a Democrat. Naturally.)
— MrReagan 🇺🇸 (@MrReaganUSA) August 22, 2020
According to the Sumter Police Department, Belcher and her accomplice Christopher James Eaddy staged and filmed the fake kidnapping and beating to bolster her chances of winning the election.
Moreover, Belcher tried to blame the silly episode on one of her five opponents in the race, breathlessly telling police she had been attacked an unknown assailant, claiming he also tried to rob her.
As “harrowing” as the episode was, Belcher somehow managed to keep her “wits” about her and livestream the whole thing on Facebook.
Man, D.C. Democrats ain’t got nothin’ on this political genius, either!
But alas, a criminal mastermind she ain’t.
nothing is off limits to win!
— Richard Rolando (@Richard85171931) August 22, 2020
“Rod” nailed it, aptly labeling Belcher’s hoax “Smollett syndrome.” “When the demand for racism exceeds the supply,” he correctly observed, “you have to supplement.”
Smollett syndrome…when the demand for racism exceeds the supply you have to supplement. https://t.co/HYKsqbom8W
— Rod (@rodney_gilbert) August 22, 2020
To Rod’s point, in a piece I wrote in early July titled Dennis Prager Has a Question: ‘If America Is So Racist, Why Are There So Many Race Hoaxes?’, I included this thoughtful observation from the conservative radio talk show host:
“If America is so racist, why are there so many race hoaxes? Virtually every time we read about a swastika painted on a door, or a noose hanging from a tree to taunt blacks, it turns out to be either a false alarm or, more frequently, a hoax.”
I also included eight high-profile race hoax examples in the piece.
Jussie Smollet, Bubba Wallace, and Sabrina Belcher unavailable for comment. Sarcasm, of course — but would you want to be grilled for being desperate enough to try something so stupid? Me, neither.