Trump Blasts 'Con Man' Jussie Smollett: 'He Wanted Sympathy to Get Contract Renewed'
'This was an absolute con job'
Donald Trump took aim at race-baiting hate crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett saying he may not have been caught if he hadn't pressed too far.
During an interview with Laura Ingraham on Fox News's “The Ingraham Angle,” Trump described Smollett as a “con man” who attempted to renew his TV contract by orchestrating a hoax.
“[T]his was an absolute con job,” Trump said.
“He was the conman, and he wanted to try and get sympathy so he could have his contract renewed for his ridiculous television series."
"So that didn’t work out too well," he said.
Trump reacts to the Jussie Smollett case, including to those who tried to blame him for what turned out to be a hoax: "It's a disgrace, what happened." pic.twitter.com/iri0tIVs21— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) December 11, 2021
"And then, on top of it, he got caught," Trump added.
"And you know it’s interesting. He wouldn’t have been caught except that he pressed it all the way."
"He pressed it too far.”
Trump said Smollett’s attempt was a “hate crime in reverse.
“He wanted apologies and everything else,” Trump added.
“And then the police came, and they did an amazing job. And they caught him cold, and he deserves it."
"But this is a hate crime. This is really a hate crime, sort of a hate crime in reverse. And he’s not going to get away with it.”
Neon Nettle reported that prosecutors accuse the Hollywood star of fabricating a hate crime hoax on himself for attention and to further his career.
The charges carry up to a three-year prison sentence per count if found guilty.