This is pure insanity.
In light of Jussie Smollett being found guilty of five charges of staging a hate crime, President Joe Biden’s remarks on the matter have been raised.
On Friday (December 10th), a day after the news broke that a jury found Jussie Smollett guilty of staging a hate crime, the White House deflected questions about President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s hasty defense of Jussie Smollett while on the presidential campaign trail. Instead, they chose to mention that, at the time, former President Donald Trump had also commented on the topic.
Answering a question posed by a reporter, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioned that there were lessons to be learned for everyone who commented on the Jussie Smollett matter, “including former President Donald Trump.”
When the attacks took place, former President Trump is on record calling the beating a “horrible attack,” however, Biden – a presidential candidate at the time – said the events “must never be tolerated.” Vice President Kamala Harris called the attack “a modern-day lynching.”
In a tweet, Biden made his stance on the matter very clear, saying that what had happened to Smollet should not be tolerated in the U.S, adding that “we must stand up and demand that we no longer give this hate safe harbor.” He concluded the tweet by voicing his support for Smollett, saying, “We are with you, Jussie.”
While discussing the Smollett case, Psaki added that she wished April Ryan, a White House correspondent who had asked about the verdict, was in the room.