In perhaps what may be the absolute hottest of the flaming hot, hot, hot takes on the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax drama, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is blaming President Trump for the actor’s actions.
The Wrap reports:
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel took aim at President Trump over what he said was the “toxic environment” the billionaire has created, adding that it played a role in the Jussie Smollett hate crime “hoax.”
“Look, I’ve always said from day one, this is a Trump-free zone, the city of Chicago, and I mean it,” Emanuel said during a press conference on Thursday. “Let me be really clear about something: The only reason Jussie Smollett thought he could take advantage of a hoax about a hate crime is for the environment, the toxic environment that Donald Trump created.”
Emanuel said the the “moral equivalency” Trump drew between promoters and opponents of “bigotry” was unacceptable, calling out Trump’s declaration last April that there were good people “on both sides” of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one person dead.
Watch video of his remarks below:
Rahm Emanuel blames Donald Trump's "toxic environment" for Jussie Smollett
"The only reason Jussie Smollett thought he could take advantage of a hoax about a hate crime is for the environment, the toxic environment that Donald Trump created.” https://t.co/VFynWrenZ6 pic.twitter.com/ekrdaLFqW7
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) March 29, 2019
Emanuel is, of course, wrong on both counts. Trump didn’t draw any moral equivalencies over Charlottesville, and it’s not his fault Jussie Smollett thought he wouldn’t get caught staging a fake hate crime.
Feigning victimhood in order to seek fame, fortune, attention, and/or sympathy is unfortunately an all too common occurrence in our society. And that goes tenfold when it comes to any allegations of wrongdoing made by the left’s “victim” groups.
This definitely pre-dates Trump’s presidency.
Who fosters this toxic climate? Democrats – who have cornered the market on making people feel like victims in need of rescuing by big government. Democrats who are quick to amplify claims made by their supporters (especially high-profile supporters like Smollett) that they were victimized in some way by their political opposition.
Jussie Smollett thought he would be believed because we live in an era of insta-news/reactions and social media mobs, and any story that paints a conservative, a Christian, a white person, or a Trump supporter in a bad light is to be automatically believed, and to hell with waiting on the facts.
We saw that in the case of the Covington kids and we saw it with Smollett. There are many other examples of where that comes from.
It’s all part of the confirmation bias process. The left and their media allies love jumping on stories like these because it feeds into their “we told ya so” narrative. Yet when new information comes out later that completely discredits the claims of the alleged victims, the left either feign ignorance in response or pivot to how the initial claims “at least started a discussion” or something, as if that excuses everything.
And when they’re not pivoting in that direction, they do what Sen. Cory Booker did earlier this week, and what Emanuel did yesterday: They somehow manage to find a way to blame Trump.
So if I’m reading what they’re saying correctly, here’s the gist of it: When the allegations by Smollett were first reported, it was Trump’s fault for motivating the actor’s “attackers.” Now that we know he made it all up, it’s still Trump’s fault – for motivating Smollett to stage a fake hate crime.
—Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–