Internet Bursting with Opinions after Donald Trump Said Jussie Smollett's Case Must Be Reviewed
Donald Trump’s tweet regarding the Jussie Smollett Case caused outrage from social media users. The president referred to the case as “an embarrassment to our Nation.”
Last Thursday, President Donald Trump tweeted his plan for the Smollett case causing a backlash from critics. In his tweet, Trump said,
“FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!”
After the charges were dropped against Smollett last Tuesday, the president continuously addressed the issue and the decision, which he was not in favor of. As he sees it, Smollett tried to frame Trump supporters to be behind the alleged attack.
His public announcement on Twitter attracted diverse opinions to emerge, including those who believe that this issue stems from Trump being racist.
Americans were quick to call the president out for his tweet, including former President Obama’s adviser, David Axelrod who replied,
“By claiming a false attack, Smollett tried to exploit the hate @realDonaldTrump has stirred. Now, predictably, Trump is moving to exploit Smollett’s exploitation. Talk about a vicious circle!”
Another user tweeted back to Trump an edit of the president’s original tweet, which read.
“FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. I am an embarrassment to our Nation.”
The thread extended as the user also called out Trump for the multiple lies he has said, accumulating to 9,014.
The Atlantic writer, Adam Serwer also had something to say about Trump's tweet:
“In case it’s not obvious, Trump really likes the Jussie Smollett case because for him and his base it fits into the Trumpian/Fox News narrative that racism against minorities is fake but racism against white people is real.”
Additionally, Josh Campbell, former FBI agent and CNN contributor, tweeted,
“I’m genuinely curious whether the President got an official update from the FBI at 6:43 a.m. today, or whether he is repeating something he saw on the morning news.”
The Jussie Smullett case began last February when he reported his attack to the police. According to him, two white men placed a noose around his neck and poured a chemical that smelled like bleach on him, while making racist and homophobic attacks.
However, no cctv’s or further evidence was able to support his claims. Furthermore, a report said that he planned the alleged attack, paying two men $3,500 through a check.
Smullett was then charged with disorderly conduct for making a false report but later dismissed by the Cook County prosecutors.
Different personalities were not in favor of the dropping of charges, including Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, superintendent Chicago police, Eddie Johnson, and President Donald Trump, who wants a re-investigation of the case, using federal resources to review it.
A probable reason why Trump is invested in this case is because of Smullet’s hints of the attackers being Trump’s supporters. He claims that during his attacked, they chanted Trump's slogan, “Make America Great Again.”