Donald Trump condemns 'horrible' attack that left 'Empire's Jussie Smollett with facial injuries
Donald Trump finally spoke up and condemned the attack that left the star of "Empire," Jussie Smollett with facial injuries.
The President of the United States of America Donald Trump opened up about the attack on Jussie Smollett. He revealed his thoughts on the situation.
Trump told reporters that the attack this week on the “Empire” star was “horrible” and “doesn’t get worse.” During an interview, he revealed his thoughts.
NEW: Pres. Trump on alleged racist and homophobic attack against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett: "It was horrible. I've seen it, last night. I think that's horrible. It doesn't get worse, as far as I'm concerned." https://t.co/vds7CBwc0T pic.twitter.com/aVIa7p0kUN— ABC News (@ABC) January 31, 2019
“I can tell you that it’s horrible. It doesn’t get worse,” Trump said in response to a question on Thursday.
The Chicago Police Department released two images from surveillance video. They believe the photos are of “potential persons of interest” in the attack of Smollett.
The attack has been classified as a hate crime. According to reports, the two male attackers yelled “racial and homophobic slurs” at Smollett.
They also poured an “unknown chemical substance” on him, and wrapped a rope around his neck revealed the Chicago Police Department. Apparently, Smollett told investigators that he heard attackers shout “MAGA country.”
MAGA stands for Make America Great Again. President Trump’s campaign had coined the saying as their slogan.
The Chicago Police detectives have located a surveillance camera that showed potential persons of interest. They are investigating the new lead and looking for the possible suspects to question them about the assault & battery of Empire actor.
Justice for Candice Elease Pinky! Justice for Dana Martin! Justice for Jussie Smollett! pic.twitter.com/ucIKzldJnb— AVP (@antiviolence) February 1, 2019
Smollett’s music manager revealed he had been on the phone with the actor at the time of the attacked. While he did not reveal all the details due to the ongoing police investigation, Brandon Z. Moore corroborated Smollett's claim that he heard “MAGA country” being used.
“I heard that clearly. I heard the scuffle and I heard the racial slur,” he said.
Here’s Jussie Smollett’s first public statement after he reported being assaulted in a racist and homophobic attack: pic.twitter.com/N4R5lYYdaS— AJ+ (@ajplus) February 1, 2019
Many stars have spoken up and weighed in on the incident. Comments include Erykah Badu's controversial tweet and Smollett's co-stars speaking up in his defense.