In early 2019, Empire actor Jussie Smollett lied about being attacked by two Trump-supporting white men. Smollett claimed these white men doused him in bleach, screamed that America is “MAGA country,” and then forced a noose around his neck.
After much investigation, it turns out this was all fake and a ruse by Smollett. He hoped an incident of this magnitude would increase his pay on the Empire. Instead, Empire producers let go of Smollett entirely, writing his character off the show.
Earlier this month, Smollett was found guilty of felony disorderly conduct. However, Smollett has yet to be sentenced. According to the former congresswoman and Democrat Tulsi Gabbard, Smollett deserves sentencing to the fullest legal extent, per TheBlaze.
On Tuesday, the former congresswoman explained that by Smollett staging a bonus hate crime, he showed immense disrespect to individuals who are genuinely victims of hate crimes.
Furthermore, Gabbard opined that Smollett deserves the maximum sentence possible to exemplify him and discourage other people from staging hoaxes such as this.
The Democrat also noted that despite Smollett being found guilty of felony disorderly conduct, he has yet to be charged for his crimes. Due to his money, fame, and connections, some people are already wondering whether or not Smollett will be let off easy.
When Jussie Smollett first came out and claimed to be attacked, Democrats rushed to his defense, sending their condolences. Democrats Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and others talked about Smollett’s gentle soul.
They talked about the horror of Smollett being subjected to such brutality. Harris even referred to the incident as a “lynching” that happened in modern times.
Yet, amazingly, amid the conviction of Smollett for staging this hate crime and pointlessly wasting the resources of Chicago police, the Democrats who rushed to his aide are now silent. As many conservatives have noted, the silence of Democrats who defended Smollett yet now refuse to acknowledge he lied is deafening.
At this time, Tulsi Gabbard is the only Democrat to speak out against what Smollett did. It also isn’t the first time Gabbard’s gone against the standard views of her party.
When Democrat Terry McAuliffe lost the Virginia gubernatorial election last month, Gabbard stated McAuliffe’s loss was a win for Americans, seeing as it rejected his attempts to divide people and fearmonger.
Likewise, Smollett’s conviction falls under the same bracket. Let’s see what his sentencing turns out to be.