The anti-Trump mainstream media and many top Democrats uncritically pushed a dubious — and since-discredited — account of a “MAGA”-backed homophobic and racist attack on “Empire” star Jussie Smollett.
— Sara Gonzales (@SaraGonzalesTX) February 18, 2019
There is no such thing as “racially charged.”
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
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 30, 2019
The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching. I'm glad he's safe.
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
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 29, 2019
.@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery.
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.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 29, 2019
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
New York State calls this attack on Jussie Smollett what it is — a hate crime. Homophobia and racism will not be tolerated — not now, not ever. https://t.co/h6wDa7SVsX
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 30, 2019
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 30, 2019
This kind of violence should be unacceptable. We cannot continue to allow racism, homophobia, transphobia, anti-semitism, or any other form of hate continue to drive violence in our country. https://t.co/ipstMGLHEI
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) January 30, 2019
Hate in any form is unacceptable – I was deeply troubled to hear of the attack on him and I am relieved that @JussieSmollett is safe and receiving medical attention and is not deterred from being the best actor and performer can be – #NoHate https://t.co/G2wy01MPE4
— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) January 29, 2019
While relieved that @JussieSmollett has not suffered any permanent physical damage, I am deeply concerned by how free some people feel to attack others for who they are or who they love and the long-term damage it does to our society.
— Rep Frederica Wilson (@RepWilson) January 30, 2019
"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
Let's call it what it is: A vicious hate crime. My heart goes out to Jussie’s family — all of us at the DNC are praying for his full recovery. https://t.co/W5nDQ70OgJ
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) January 30, 2019
Here's the 'Jussie Smollett is a victim' tweets from all your favorite Democratic members of Congress…
Just gonna… put these here. pic.twitter.com/qubpzSguiF
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) February 18, 2019