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On Friday night, two persons of interest in the Jussie Smollett case were released without charges, according to WLS-TV.

The men are Nigerian brothers, one of whom appeared on “Empire.” Both men were apparently cooperative with police. They’d been taken into custody at O’Hare Airport after returning from Nigeria; police had earlier conducted a raid on their home.

On Saturday, police said they were “eager” to speak with Smollett again and had been in touch with his attorneys as reports began to surface authorities believed the attack was staged.

“We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the ‘Empire’ case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation,” Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

“We’ve reached out to the ‘Empire’ cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.”

In other words, that whole “This is MAGA country” story — Smollett’s claim that he was attacked by two apparent supporters of President Donald Trump — isn’t exactly holding up so well at the moment.

Perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise. As conservative actor James Woods reminded us on Twitter as events were breaking on Saturday night, Smollett’s animus against President Donald Trump was very well known.

Woods retweeted one of Smollett’s perorations on the president and, well, let’s just say it’s not going to help his case.

Warning: There’s plenty of bad language ahead, including racial slurs. Reader discretion is advised.

Smollett’s tweet was in response to a Jan. 11 tweet by the president which made his case for the wall.

In fact, Smollett put forward his criticisms of the president as the reason he was attacked during an interview with “Good Morning America.”

“I come really, really hard against 45,” he said, referring to President Trump. “I come really, really hard against his administration and I don’t hold my tongue.”

He also again implied that his attackers were inspired by the president.

“I can only go off of their words,” Smollett said. “Who says, ‘(bleep) ‘Empire,’ this MAGA country,’ (bleep) ties a noose around your neck and pours bleach on to you? And this is just a friendly fight?”

Well, we don’t know that, but the way things are trending, and given Smollett’s inconsistent stories, it probably wasn’t Trump fans.

Although I don’t know the political leanings of the two brothers who were questioned by Chicago police, WBBM-TV reported sources saying the men were paid $3,500 to orchestrate the attack on Smollett, which was rehearsed, and were to be paid $500 upon their return.

According to the same outlet, the two men also claim Smollett paid for the rope that was used in the attack.

How much stock to take in the story these gentlemen are telling is anyone’s guess. However, the narrative that this was some sort of Trump-based attack on an “Empire” cast member because he was black and gay and anti-Trump seems to be eroding by the hour.

What’s becoming more likely — although far from a foregone conclusion — is that Smollett, for whatever his own reasons may have been, orchestrated the attack and used it to further his animus against President Trump.

A battalion of liberal politicians and celebrities, also predisposed to hate the president, bought into the story from the get-go and amplified the message that Trump’s America™ was to blame. And then came the inconsistencies, and the raid, and the arrests, and now here we are.

Whatever the case may be, Smollett’s tweet didn’t age well. But we can thank James Woods for bringing it to everyone’s attention again.

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53 Comments

53 Comments

  1. Bob Hennessey

    February 18, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    People like Smollett really need to consider moving to another planet perhaps when the next rocket heads out in to space he will climb on board It is people such as Smollett that continue to divide this once great country and I pray that Donald trump will succeed in Making America Great Again and Again and Again and Again.

    • Gwen Johnson

      February 18, 2019 at 8:47 pm

      Agree

    • Laurel

      February 22, 2019 at 6:47 pm

      I agree with most of these comments…except of course, Dean.

  2. Silver eagle

    February 18, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Smollett needs to be arrested for filing a false police report. The cronies who backed him should be made to eat crow………..(real crow)

  3. GyMack

    February 18, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    I think GMA needs a follow up story on this, they owe it to the World. They knew that shit was fake from the Get Go.

    I have been calling this as BS, since it first aired on the News.

    All you racist f cks can go suck his dick, cause his ass and his manager’s ass are on the line.

    • ON THE ROCK

      February 18, 2019 at 11:04 pm

      I ALSO THOUGHT HIS STORY WAS B.S. I POSTED RIGHT AFTER THE NEWS RELEASE THAT CHICAGO IS DEFINITELY “NOT” MAGA COUNTRY. JUSSIE DID NOT DO HIS HOMEWORK BEFORE MAKING HIS STATEMENTS. ANOTHER STUPID, STUPID DEMOCRAT.

      • Marilyn Krzus

        February 19, 2019 at 12:22 pm

        I did, too. Too many inconsistencies. (1) he got bleach thrown at him. But bleach freezes at 18 degrees, and it was below zero. (2) You won’t find a self-respecting MAGA person in Chicago. (3) Chicago is not MAGA country. (4) not even REAL bad guys are roaming the streets at 2 am when it’s beliw freezing. (5) No self-respectingMAGA hat wearer ever heard of “Empire,” much less Jussie Smollett. (6) No one has ever been seen walking Chicago streets with a rope—at least not since the early 1800s!

  4. neo

    February 18, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    I think Smollett had some nudging from Kamala Harris/Cory Booker to pull this stunt….because 10 days before the so called attack they introduced a bill that would make “lynching” a federal crime….and just a day or so after they BOTH sent tweets/e-mails for the rest of congress to get on board and pass their bill……HOW CONVIENIENT…..

    • Dean Perry

      February 18, 2019 at 9:41 pm

      And your proof is???
      Kamala Harris is too smart for a stunt like this…

      • Bill

        February 18, 2019 at 10:02 pm

        This doesn’t take smarts. And if it is proven that her and Booker had something to do with it they should join there boy in prison too!!!

      • Grandpa S

        February 18, 2019 at 10:03 pm

        Too smart??? The woman has done nothing but prove herself to be a moron since she was elected…

      • ShadowWarriorsMonkey

        February 18, 2019 at 10:06 pm

        Oh please, that racist cock whore has sucked a lot of dick and screwed her way to the top. She is a typical political whore with a very ANTI AMERICAN agenda! She and her cohorts will not get away with their BS!

      • t. jones

        February 18, 2019 at 10:28 pm

        Dean!! Your joking right???? too smart that WITCH Kammmie gal smart nope!!!!..your very wrong demmie o….

      • ON THE ROCK

        February 18, 2019 at 10:30 pm

        KAMALA HARRIS IS JUST ANOTHER DUMB ASS DEMOCRAT. SHE IS FOR THE “NEW GREEN DEAL”, THE TOOTH FAIRY AND POTS OF GOLD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW. YOU, DEAN PERRY, HAVE SHOWN YOU ARE FOR THOUSANDS OF U.S. CITIZENS TO DIE FROM OVERDOSES OF HEROIN THAT COMES ACROSS THE BORDER. YOU ARE FOR CITIZENS TO BE RAPED, SLAUGHTERED, AND STABBED 50 TO ONE HUNDRED FIFTY TIMES BY ILLEGAL MS-13 GANG IMMIGRANTS. YOU ARE FOR CITIZENS TO LOSE THEIR JOBS TO ILLEGALS THAT WILL WORK FOR LESS AND GET PAID UNDER THE TABLE. NO TAX REVENUE FOR THE U.S. IN PREVIOUS COMMENTS YOU MADE HERE, YOU ARE AGAINST A MEASLY 5.7 BILLION FOR A WALL OR FENCE BUT SEEM TO OKAY WITH THE U.S. SPENDING “105” BILLION A YEAR ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. THE WALL WOULD DRASTICALLY REDUCE THAT 105 BILLION IN SHORT ORDER. DEMOCRATS ARE DUMB ASSES.

      • Kathleen Marion

        February 18, 2019 at 10:30 pm

        Surely you jest! Kamala Harris has been telling people she smoked pot in college in the 80’s while listening to Rappers who didn’t make a recording until the 90’s. Caught in a lie that was way to easy to fact check. How stupid is that? The Democrats think everyone is stupid and they continue to open their mouths with lies that are easy to disprove. Problem is they have followers that are incredibly stupider than they are because they believe the lies. Can’t make this stuff up!

      • Sam

        February 18, 2019 at 11:43 pm

        Well. Then you’re not too smart if you believe her bullshit, now are you D***breath? Of course, this is my opinion…and probably the opinion of millions of other U.S. CITIZENS! I’ve seen othet bullshit posted by you….

      • Grace Joy

        February 19, 2019 at 12:28 am

        I wouldn’t call Kamala Harris “smart” by any stretch of the imagination. She’s just crooked.

        http://www.floppingaces.net/2018/09/14/kamala-harris-will-never-be-president/

      • William Dwyer

        February 19, 2019 at 1:30 am

        Oh yeah, she is a real genius. ggeeezzz! She is just another phony, far-left idiot. She will never get the nomination.

      • Michael

        February 19, 2019 at 1:54 am

        Yeah, Dean, she’s about as smart as you are, and that’s not very smart at all. And my proof is the moronic statements you make on a daily basis.

      • Irene Renner

        February 19, 2019 at 5:42 am

        Kamalas wasnt too smart with Kavanaugh was she. Dems jump to condem before they know the facts if they can connect Trump to it

      • linda abernathy

        February 19, 2019 at 7:56 am

        Would like to amend your reply now? This is the left, this is anger, bitterness and even violence. This is America today and it makes me sick. I hope they make Jussie an example of what happens when you lie to the police. Why won’t they calm down and reason instead of in your face politics?

  5. Bill

    February 18, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    I guess it wasn’t them big mean white boys with them gorgeous red hats after all. Boy Somllett should have him a grand old time in the big house, and I don’t think his acting will help. There gonna love him!!!!

    • Atono'love

      February 20, 2019 at 8:39 am

      Going to prison might scare him straight!

  6. Jon Wisdom

    February 18, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    The real problem is people on the left like Booker came out IMMEDIATELY to condemn Trump and Americans. Now that the tables have turned they want to “wait and see”. Why not be as eager to condemn this racist wrongdoer now that you have some facts as you were the President when you had NO facts.

    • Grace Joy

      February 19, 2019 at 12:29 am

      That’s why the Left has tried pushing Presumed Guilt so much: They are as crooked as they come.

  7. t. jones

    February 18, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    This dumb ass is your typical liberal dum-dum.. He should have had his ass beat he really deserves it big time..

  8. John Boyd

    February 18, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Smollett should be prosecuted for treason and once for guilty executed by being hung from a tree. His body should be left there for the maggots to feed on his body

  9. David Dolan

    February 18, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    This idiot is a danger, he is truely nuts. He needs to be in a mental Institution to get help, he is a real Psycho! He is a liberal nut case.

  10. Brian

    February 18, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    if it is staged and false then this pervert ought to be charged pay all police costs and go to jail. of course Hollowood will not do anything with or to him.

    • madge

      February 20, 2019 at 1:44 am

      seems there are mega nut cases on the liberal side of the fence…..must be catchy….

  11. MAGA

    February 18, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    People who voted for Trump had no idea who this untalented hack was before this hoax. And I certainly wouldn’t watch a shitshow like Empire.

  12. Bj

    February 18, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    In smollett just proved to the world that he’s not the smartest man in the world. I’m just assuming he’s a man. In his own words about President Trump……this low life needs to look in the mirror cause he’s one dumb fking nigga. Not to worry though, he’ll be real popular in prison. They’ll be fighting over his lying, untalented azz. He deserves what he gets

  13. Rich

    February 18, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    Figures. Second rate actor, second rate attempt to frame good folks for something they did not do.

  14. Robert Reams

    February 19, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Smollett is a racist. His kind of public, fame bolstered fictional accusation of white people is beneath contempt. Is this kind of hoax encouraged by Barrack,Michael
    ,Kamala, Maxine etc…?
    Shame.

  15. Margie

    February 19, 2019 at 12:54 am

    Yes This is a Democrat Socialist Stunt!!
    Halfie Harris & Genderqueer Booker we’re part of the group behind this.

  16. William Dwyer

    February 19, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Blacks who continue to push the narrative that America is racist only serve to further the animus in our divided country. It is the “poor me” syndrome for their own benefit. We have a hate crime penalty? We now need to have an additional penalty for these imbeciles who create the hoaxes. It is the basis of Kaepernick’s claim about the police oppressing blacks. That the police are stopping blacks because of the color of their skin. Pure horseshit!

  17. Kevin

    February 19, 2019 at 3:16 am

    The Hate Crime was against Trump Supporters.
    Democrats scream hate crime but they are the ones committing the hate crimes. Shine the light on the liars
    Charge this crazy man with hate crime against
    Republicans

    • Tom

      February 19, 2019 at 10:45 am

      Racism really is a two way street… this is a racist attack against a white president

  18. E G MUSK

    February 19, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Smollet is not only dumb, he is nuts.

  19. True American

    February 19, 2019 at 6:29 am

    What’s this did he use the N word. He should be run out of Hollywood and made to grovel like the racist he is.

  20. J R

    February 19, 2019 at 6:35 am

    We need to hear a few cell doors closing on the lefty loonies who have been committing criminal offenses. Only way it’ll ever stop.

  21. Mike Graybeal

    February 19, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Okay this guy is a liar. What are we going to do about it? Are we going to put him in jail are we going to make him pay for the cost of the investigation, the police , all the crap that had to go through to figure out that this guy was a just a liar.
    What will happen talk talk talk talk!!!!!—

  22. Dori

    February 19, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Mike, unfortunately, “we” personally can’t do anything about it, we can only wait and see if Smollett gets the true justice he deserves, even Al Sharpton has denounced his actions. Yes, I hope he does go to jail, as he should, and that he personally has to pay for 12 detectives working 24 hits per day to find the truth. All we can do is sit and wait, and see if the courts will do their job.

  23. stephen winters

    February 19, 2019 at 9:12 am

    if he does not get charged,the police and mayor got paied off.

  24. abolishliberals

    February 19, 2019 at 9:16 am

    lol well, it now looks like Smollett is the “Bi**h A** Ni**a” here and hopefully when this is all said and done, Smollett does his stint behind bars and is made an example of because this seems to be a trend of the Anti Trump left, staging a fake Hate crime and blaming 45 or… lying and just saying you were harassed or attacked because of 45. either way this is illegal and HAS to stop but if no one is getting into any real trouble, this type of unhinged leftist BS will only go on!

  25. MarieAnna Dvorak

    February 19, 2019 at 9:53 am

    I was hopping someone would come out with Snollett’s tweet that reveals extreme anger and hate. He feels victimized. His Twitter profile said that he’s here to save the world. Hate is a strong emotion that can drive people not only to what he did, but also to killing. Propaganda of MSM and Hollywood have brought hate and racism to this country, and they still continue.

  26. Brian

    February 19, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Just another example of Trump Derangement Syndrome from the socialist, leftist, progressives. Imagine if the conservatives had used the same tactics for the eight years of Obama? Of course, anyone placing blame on Obama for personal attacks by his supporters (Black Lives Matter as an example) would have been called RACIST (a favorite used by the left). And the MSM would have never reported it, anyway.

  27. Ginny

    February 19, 2019 at 11:41 am

    An eye opener into the Democrat Socialist is their website
    and Constitution & Bylaws. Everyone should go to the website and read everything !!!!! On it!
    It reads like a Hitler Manifesto! Their goal is to take control over our lives!

  28. Sharon Louise Melvin

    February 19, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    I am not racist but I think this moron is. He hates all Trump supporters many of whom are white. He used racial slurs against President Trump and that is OK because he is black. I will never watch Empire because of this guy not because he is black but because of him and his hate!

  29. Oat 35

    February 19, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Hi Ginny, is that the name of the website? Democrat Socialist? Let them try to take control of American lives and a sleeping giant will wake up in this country.

  30. Ron Moulton

    February 19, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Smollett is a lying sack of shit, Trump hating, ghetto crawler and should be thrown in jail for his BS story.

  31. madge

    February 20, 2019 at 1:49 am

    well, he has shown he isn’t very smart. He lies, forgets what he said so lies again…..Other lies do not provide a very good structure..it collapses……He deserves jail time for his stupidity as well as for what he intentionally did. He may love it in jail, just sayin’.

  32. Cedar Tree

    February 20, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Hmmmm, if Harris put this small minded person up to fake his attack, I would not put it pass her. Harris is all about the race card. She lives and breaths to continue the division in America. She reminds me of the “Alien” movie, protecting her eggs.
    FYI, Harris was in Iowa(near Chicago) some weeks ago.

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