Chicago Mayor: ‘Toxic’ Trump To Blame for Jussie Smollett Hate Hoax
Rahm Emanuel tries to blame president for Empire actors crime
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has blamed president Donald Trump for the alleged racist hate hoax which was carried out by Empire actor Jussie Smollett.
“Look, I’ve always said from day one this is a Trump-free zone, the city of Chicago, and I mean it,” Emanuel told reporters.
“Let me be really clear about something: The only reason Jussie Smollett thought he could take advantage of a hoax about a hate crime is for the environment, the toxic environment Donald Trump created.”
“This is a president who drew a moral equivalency between people who are trying to perpetuate bigotry and those who are trying to fight bigotry,” the mayor continued.
“As somebody who started his own journey in politics fighting the neo-Nazis in Skokie and Marquette Park, President Trump should literally take his politics, move it aside.”
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was furious after the 16 felony counts against actor Jussie Smollett where dropped.
According to sources from CBS, reporter Charlie De Mar claimed that Johnson is “furious.”
“He had no heads up this was going to happen,” De Mar said.
Smollett's attorneys said in a statement that the actor’s record “has been wiped clean” after the prosecution's case reportedly "disintegrated."
Investigators alleged Smollett hired two brothers to stage the racist, homophobic attack in January in an attempt to advance his career.
The Chicago Mayor added:
“The only reason Jussie Smollett thought he could get away with this hoax about hate crime is because of the environment President Trump created."
He then used the Smollett case to criticize Trump's response to the Charlottesville protest
"My recommendation to the president is good to opening day baseball, sit on the sideline, stay out of this.
You created a toxic environment and all of us who are trying to make sure that we share a common set of values that embrace and welcome people of all walks of lives and backgrounds.”
Smollett has been ordered to pay $130,000 by city officials to cover the cost of the investigation.
They affirmed in a letter that the resources “could have been used for other investigations.”