President Donald Trump weighed in on Jussie Smollett’s arrest Thursday, calling the actor out for making “racist and dangerous comments” and insulting “tens of millions of people.”
The Empire star turned himself in to Chicago police early Thursday morning to face a felony charge of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. During a press conference after his arrest, Chicago police said Smollett staged his attack because he was “dissatisfied” with his Empire salary.
Trump’s Twitter fingers went to work this morning after Smollett’s arrest. He wrote: “.@JussieSmollett – what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019
In his initial report about the incident, Smollett claimed that his attackers yelled “MAGA,” a reference to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan. The actor also claimed his attackers poured bleach on him, put a noose around his neck and yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him.
Trump was asked about the alleged attack on January 31st, two days after it happened, and said: “I can tell you that it’s horrible. It doesn’t get worse.”
Smollett has been attacking the president and his supporters for years. In one post from January 20th, he called Trump “and all his white cohorts” a “national disgrace.”
.@AOC is only speaking facts. This is so far beyond political party affiliation. Across the world…no matter the border…from sea to shining sea…45 and all his white hooded cohorts are a national disgrace. And if you support them…so are you. Clowns. pic.twitter.com/Qz4uIjF7xa
— Jussie Smollett (@JussieSmollett) January 20, 2019
“And if you support them … so are you. Clowns,” he wrote along with a video showing far-left lawmaker Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaking.
The week before the attack, Smollett posted a video on Instagram showing the front of the Trump hotel in Chicago while Ice Cube’s “Arrest the President” song played in the background.
In Smollett’s Good Morning America interview that aired the day before the men who police say helped the actor stage the attack were arrested and held for questioning, Smollett claimed that he was targeted because he’s critical of Trump.
“I come really, really hard against 45,” Smollett told Robin Roberts. “I come really really hard against his administration, and I don’t hold my tongue.”