The left is too quick to embrace false charges against their political enemies
The Jussie Smollett matter is riveting. The rush to judgment is exactly the hallmark of the Left — rushing to convict Brett M. Kavanaugh based on lies, damned lies, and more damned lies. Rushing to convict the Duke lacrosse players. Rushing to convict the rapist of Lena Dunham for a rape that never happened. Rushing to convict a Columbia University student, even as he was shamed and disgraced publicly by “The Mattress Girl,” with Columbia University ultimately having to settle with him. Rushing to convict the University of Virginia fraternity. Rushing to convict the people accused by Al Sharpton over Tawana Brawley. Rushing to believe the Ferguson Michael Brown “Hands up, Don’t Shoot!” lie and racing to convict a good police officer. Rushing to convict more good police officers in Baltimore over the Freddie Gray lies. And the Trayvon Martin lies. Rushing to convict Nick Sandmann.There is much more explorations of why these hoaxes are done and who is responsible. I blame Democrats for perpetuating the false narrative that their political enemies are racist. They have been getting away with this false narrative for too long. It has become a means of trying to frighten groups that fit their identity politics mode into continuing to support their failed policies.
The Smollett verdict is not yet in, so I am not ready to convict. But the story at its core was hokey and raises questions broadly in at least two areas:
(i) What’s with all the Left-wing cruel and vicious hoaxes that depict very good Americans as racist, sexist, homophobic, and xenophobic in order to tar-and-feather conservatives in general, and Caucasian heterosexual male supporters of President Trump in particular?
(ii) What’s with the compulsion to be seen as a victim?
These actually are two separate issues. In Jussie Smollett’s case, the story was so hard to digest. He never was on the horizon of Trump supporters. Trump supporters have feelings about Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Ocasio-Cortez, Alec Baldwin, Joe Scarborough, Rachel Maddow, Robert De Niro, Jim Comey, Andrew McCabe, Michael Cohen, Kathy Griffin, Adam Schiff, and many others who take unfair potshots at the President, lie about him, and seemingly live for no other primary purpose but to destroy him. By contrast, Trump supporters mostly never heard of Jussie Smollett until a week or two ago. Trump supporters, by and large, do not watch “Empire” and probably do not even know what it is about. The world of Trump Conservatism simply is not the world of the hip-hop music industry. Therefore, the premise that Trump supporters would target a non-entity in their world for a quasi-lynching was preposterous.
If someone were going to try quasi-lynching a person, it furthermore is preposterous to believe that they also would not have beaten him up badly. Yet the police photo of Smollett after the supposed incident shows one small facial bruise or cut. That does not make sense. Nor does it make sense that people would roam such a Chicago neighborhood with a rope. Nor that they would yell in the middle of the street “This is MAGA country.” First of all, Trump supporters do not go around yelling “MAGA.” It is not a secret mantra. At Trump rallies, thousands chant “Build the Wall!” “Lock her Up!” “Drain the Swamp!” “USA! USA!” No one starts chanting “MAGA!” Rather, that apparently is what a hate-Trump person might assume that Trump people say.