After the charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped, Chicago Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel stood with the Chicago Police Department and blew a gasket, excoriating Smollett and the State’s Attorney’s office for their actions.
That came as quite a welcome surprise to many.
But the moment of clarity didn’t last, he had to go ruin it.
Because in further comments at the end of the week, Emanuel explained to media who he really blamed for Smollett’s actions.
President Donald Trump, because, of course.
Here's Rahm blaming Trump for Jussie Smollett faking a hate crime. Pretty intense rant. "I’ve always said since day one that this is a Trump-free zone, the city of Chicago and I mean it. … He’s created a toxic environment and now he’s created a toxic, vicious cycle in my view" pic.twitter.com/FArwIlP717
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 29, 2019
From Daily Caller:
“My recommendation is the president go to Opening Day baseball, sit on the sidelines and stay out of this,” Emanuel said to reporters. “Let me be clear about something. The only reason Jussie Smollett thought he could take advantage of a hoax about a hate crime is because of the environment, the toxic environment that Donald Trump created,” Emanuel continued.
Emanuel originally called for the continuation of a criminal investigation into the “Empire” actor for allegedly faking a hate crime against himself. The Chicago mayor also said that Smollett’s charges were dropped “because he’s an actor.”
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He added that Smollett is “guilty of a moral crime,” saying, “which is to use the hate crimes to advance his career for his own selfish reasons
Emanuel continued to perpetuate the falsehood that Trump referred to Neo-Nazis as “fine people,” when Trump was referring to protesters who didn’t want a statue removed who were not neo-Nazis as well as people protesting in favor of its removal who were not Antifa. He specifically excluded the “bad people” neo-Nazis from his description.
What of course Emanuel left out of his most recent rant was that Trump and Trump supporters were part of the victims of the hate crime hoax, because of the claims by Jussie Smollett. Emanuel is literally attacking the victims, without regard for how they may have been harmed or how hate was stoked against Trump supporters.
Guess it was too much to ask for his moment of clarity to continue.