1. Kamala Harris
One of two famous politicians (along with Senator Corey Booker) to describe the Smollett hoax as a “modern day lynching.” Harris also claimed Smollett was among the kindest people she knew. So far she has yet to remove or amend her tweet, and when questioned about it, she gave this puzzling interview saying she wanted to avoid passing judgement while the case was still unfolding – of course, passing judgement is exactly what she did in her original tweet which uncritically accepted Smollett’s story.
.@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 29, 2019
This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.
2. Cory Booker
Mr. Booker used the same language as Kamala Harris, word for word in fact, claiming the Smollett hoax was a “modern day lynching”, while also using the opportunity to push his anti-lynching legislation. He too gave a follow-up interview, saying he would reserve judgement until further facts about the case were disclosed – though he certainly showed no restraint before he made the following tweet.
The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching. I’m glad he’s safe.— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 29, 2019
To those in Congress who don’t feel the urgency to pass our Anti-Lynching bill designating lynching as a federal hate crime– I urge you to pay attention. https://t.co/EwXFxl5f2m
3. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC)
Ocasio-Cortez couldn’t resist diving into the Twitter fray to comment on the hoax, clarifying, without any doubt, that this was not “possibly” a racially homophobic attack.
There is no such thing as “racially charged.”— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 30, 2019
This attack was not “possibly” homophobic. It was a racist and homophobic attack.
If you don’t like what is happening to our country, then work to change it. It is no one’s job to water down or sugar-coat the rise of hate crimes. https://t.co/QAi0IYtSeR
4. Bernie Sanders
Perhaps trying to court future votes, Bernie described the hoax as a manifestation of “surging hostility towards minorities.” No comment from Bernie yet on whether he will disavow Smollett’s hoax.
The racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett is a horrific instance of the surging hostility toward minorities around the country. We must come together to eradicate all forms of bigotry and violence. https://t.co/2accVEJrCG— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 29, 2019
5. Nancy Pelosi
Though Senator Pelosi quietly deleted her tweet, we saved a screenshot, which you can see here, and read the full tweet below
The racist, homophobic attack on @JussieSmollett is an affront to our humanity. No one should be attacked for who they are or whom they love. I pray that Jussie has a speedy recovery & that justice is served. May we all commit to ending this hate once & for all.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 29, 2019
6. Joe Biden
Potential democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden through his hat in the ring, stating uncritically, as a fact, that what “happened to Jussie” must never be tolerated in this country. Well, he’s right. Faking a hate crime should never be tolerated!
What happened today to @JussieSmollett must never be tolerated in this country. We must stand up and demand that we no longer give this hate safe harbor; that homophobia and racism have no place on our streets or in our hearts. We are with you, Jussie. https://t.co/o8ilPu68CM— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 30, 2019
7. Eric Swalwell
Similar to Bernie, Swalwell claimed the hoax was evidence of growing epidemic of minority based hate crimes.
What happened to Jussie Smollett is vile and tragic; thankfully, he will recover. But hate crimes like this are happening more frequently, egged on by careless hate-filled rhetoric. We start reducing these crimes by rejecting the speech – neither can ever be accepted as normal.— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) January 29, 2019
8. Adam Schiff
Schiff posted a “heart felt” description of his close relationship with Smollett, alluding to the passion and morality behind his activism. I guess he didn’t realize Smollett was passionate to fake a hate crime to push his own agenda. Interestingly, Schiff became the second democrat on our list to quietly delete his tweet of support for Smollett.
I met @JussieSmollett at the Pride Parade in Los Angeles, and I’ve seen the passion and moral clarity of his activism first hand. This week he was the victim of an horrific attack. We pray for your speedy recovery, Jussie, and reject this act of hatred and bigotry. pic.twitter.com/wDZuLcznFZ
— Adam Schiff (@AdamSchiff) January 29, 2019
9. Rashida Tlaib
Another perhaps surprisingly yet to be deleted (and undoubtedly aggressive) tweet comes from the Michigan congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who fully attributed the hoax to “dangerous lies spewing from the right wing.” This tweet certainly didn’t age well
“When one of the most famous black and gay men in America is not safe, the message is clearer than it has ever been.” The dangerous lies spewing from the right wing is killing & hurting our people.— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 30, 2019
Thinking of you @JussieSmollett, and my LGBTQ neighbors.
10. Maxine Waters
Quick dote about her friendship with Smollett, Waters describes him as loving and giving and says she’s determined to seek justice. I wonder if she’s singing a different tune now that the hoax has come full circle.
Jussie is my friend – a very talented & beautiful human being. It is so hurtful that homophobic haters would dare hurt someone so loving and giving. I’m dedicated to finding the culprits and bringing them to justice. Jussie did not deserve to be harmed by anyone!— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) January 30, 2019