in the vicinityVideoSen. Kamala Harris: the facts unfolded, Jussie Smollett, case
They say hindsight is 20/20. And that is certainly the case for some democratic presidential hopefuls, such as turns, which continue to arise in the case of the alleged attack on actor Jussie Smollett.
When first reports of the alleged incident surfaced three weeks ago, the actor said, he was viciously attacked on the streets of Chicago. Reports said that Smollett said there were two perpetrators, everyone is wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and shouting: “This is MAGA the country” during the alleged attack. Smollett later, he refuted such a claim made to police, in an interview with “Good Morning America”.
Kamala Harris, who as an early front-runner among the declared candidates, was quick to condemn the alleged attack.
“.@JussieSmollett is one of the friendliest, most gentle people I know. I pray for his quick recovery,” Harris tweeted on January 29.
“This was an attempted modern lynching. No one should have to fear for their lives because of their sexuality or the color of their skin. We must confront this hatred.”
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However, the California was caught off guard Monday when asked about the latest developments in the case saw that the Chicago police pour cold water over Smollett more explosive claims.
During an appearance in a book of N. H. store in Concord, a journalist asked the Senator from California wanted to change to a tweet from Jan. 29, in which you said that Smollett was the victim of “an attempt at a modern lynching” and called the actor “one of the friendliest, most gentle people I know.” Harris also has the Smollett attack to get through, would be a Federal lynching, a hate crime.
“The tweet? What is twittering?” Harris asked. As the reporter’s tweet in question indicated that Harris appeared to look around for a campaign staffer, before you respond.
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“OK, so, I say to this case,” she said. “I think the facts are still unfolding, and, uh, I’m very, uh, concerned, of course, the first, uh, the claim that it can happen over what should have been.
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“And it is something we should all take seriously, if someone, uh, who claims that the type of behavior, but there should be an investigation,” Harris added. “And I think that, once the investigation has completed, then we can all comment, but I’m not going to comment until I know the outcome of the investigation.”
Cory Booker also the culprit for a crime, the “Empire” star was claimed to be fuelled by racist and anti-LGBT bias.
“The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was a lynching, an attempted modern-day. I am glad that he is safe,” Booker tweeted on January 29.
“For those in Congress who do not respect the sense of urgency to give our Anti-Lynching bill naming Lynch as a federal hate crime I urge you to.”
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Booker, when asked about it again on Sunday, told reporters he would hold back judgment in the matter, ” until all of the information that actually comes from the data sources.”
Other 2020 Dems will be forced to walk back to strong early criticism of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, responded initially to reports, calling it “disgusting and outrageous attack.”
“This is a terrible and outrageous attack, and terrible, it is the newest too many hate-crimes against LGBTQ people and people of color. We are all responsible for condemning this behavior, and any person enabled or normalizes it. Pray for Jussie and his family,” she tweeted on January 29.
And while not-2020-candidate, Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was also backpedal on Monday, erasing a sympathetic tweet she posted forced on January 29.
“The racist, homophobic attack on @JussieSmollett is an insult to our humanity. No one should be attacked for who they are or whom they love. I pray that Jussie has a speedy recovery & that justice is served. May we commit all to the end of this hatred once & for all,” wrote Pelosi the time.
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Maxine Waters, D-Calif., both were very critical of the alleged attack, when the first reports surfaced.
The change in tune came after a police spokesman said over the weekend that the “trajectory of the investigation” moved and no longer than Smollett a victim in the case.
Meanwhile, Smollett’s lawyers, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, will vehemently deny that the attack was a joke.
“As victims of hate crime who together with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is upset and distressed by the recent reports that the perpetrators are the people he is familiar with,” the lawyers said in a weekend statement. “He has now due to the additional victims of this alleged perpetrator, Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and someone else claims that is lying.”
Fox News’ Anne Marie Riha, Mike Tobin, Alex Pappas and Samuel contributed to the Chamberlain of this report.