The narrative is more important than the facts.
Last night, Actress Ellen Page appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday and said President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence are not only promoting hatred against LGBT people but their hate led to the alleged assault on Empire actor Jussie Smollett.
“If you are in a position of power and you hate people, and you want to cause suffering to them, you go through the trouble, you spend your career trying to cause suffering, what do you think is going to happen? Kids are going to be abused and they’re going to kill themselves, and people are going to be beaten on the street. The urgency would be so severe. But instead, we have a media that’s barely talking about it. We have a media that says it’s a debate that whether or not what happened to Jussie Smollett is a hate crime. It’s absurd. Its not a fucking debate” Page said.
Jussie Smollett claimed that earlier this week that he was attacked in Chicago at 2 in the morning during a deadly polar vortex. While he was walking to closed Subway Restaurant, two white men screaming racist and homophobic slurs while claiming “This is MAGA country”, jumped him, poured a chemical on him in sub-zero temperatures and put a noose around his neck. The Chicago Police Department has reviewed countless hours of video and has been presented no evidence of the attack and they have no evidence to support that “This is MAGA country” was ever said by the alleged attackers. As of right now, they have no description or leads on anyone who matches Smollett’s story being in the area during the time of the alleged attack.
Chicago Police have also said that the actor has declined to share telephone records that could show he was speaking with his manager just as the alleged assault happened. Smollet’s manager claims he heard the assault on the phone and that he heard the attacks say “This is MAGA country” but now the actor is not giving up phone records that could collaborate his side of the story. So at this point, there is no evidence that has been reviewed or presented to support Smollett’s claim of being attacked, just his word that it happened. But the facts don’t matter, the alleged attackers who may or may not exist were apparently Trump supporters and that is the only takeaway from this story.