Actor Jussie Smollett said in his interview since his alleged attack that people who doubt his story about being brutally attacked in Chicago would believe him if his attackers were minorities.
“It feels like, if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more–a lot more,” Jussie Smollett told Robin Roberts on ABC’s Good Morning America.
“And that says a lot about the place that we are in our country right now,” the Empire star said.
In the same interview, the 36-year-old said that he thinks he was targeted for an attack because of his anti-Trump stance.
“I come really, really hard against 45. I come really hard against his administration. I don’t hold my tongue,” he said.
The actor has taken to social media through the years to hurl personal attacks at Trump, (and his supporters) before he became President and after.
Trump stole a presidency. White supremacist cabinet. Syrians being exterminated. Tell DC 2 get real criminals & let the kid smoke her damn j https://t.co/PBlmOAwESc
— Jussie Smollett (@JussieSmollett) December 14, 2016
— Jussie Smollett (@JussieSmollett) November 20, 2015
Dear @realDonaldTrump… you are a disgusting, racist, piece of trash…
Everyone who is not a disgusting, racist, piece of trash.
— Jussie Smollett (@JussieSmollett) January 12, 2018
I think someone should kick Donald Trumps ass… That’s all.
— Jussie Smollett (@JussieSmollett) December 15, 2011
.@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
"I come really, really hard against 45. I don't hold my tongue." @JussieSmollett says he believes he was targeted because of his criticism toward Pres. Trump's administration based on what was said during the attack. https://t.co/b5efiP0JCG pic.twitter.com/uaxer5iTB1
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 14, 2019
Smollett claimed in January that he was attacked in downtown Chicago by Trump supporters who called him racist and homophobic slurs, poured a chemical on him, and wrapped a rope around his neck. His attacked allegedly yelled, “This is MAGA country!” during the attack.
Chicago police have still found no possible suspects and a statement from Chicago police states that the actor’s provided phone records “do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation as they were limited and heavily redacted.”