‘An absolute con job’: Trump weighs in on Smollett conviction

Former President Donald Trump is weighing in after a jury convicted Empire star Jussie Smollett of disorderly conduct for staging an attack against himself in Chicago back in 2019.

In a scathing statement, Trump called the actor a “conman” and argued that Smollett is guilty of “a hate crime in reverse.” 

“An absolute con job”

According to Breitbart, Trump’s comments came Friday during an appearance on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle.

“This was an absolute con job,” Trump told host Laura Ingraham. “[Smollett] was the conman, and he wanted to try and get sympathy so he could have his contract renewed for his ridiculous television series. So that didn’t work out too well. And then, on top of it, he got caught.”

Trump went on to opine that Smollett may have gotten away with it, but “he pressed it too far.”

“And you know it’s interesting,” Trump said, as Breitbart reported. “He wouldn’t have been caught except that he pressed it all the way. He pressed it too far. He wanted apologies and everything else. And then the police came, and they did an amazing job. And they caught him cold, and he deserves it.”

Trump concluded:

But this is a hate crime. This is really a hate crime, sort of a hate crime in reverse. And he’s not going to get away with it.

Guilty on 5 of 6 counts

According to Fox News, a jury found Smollett guilty of five of the six disorderly conduct charges that he was facing at the conclusion of his trial last week. The charges stemmed from Smollett lying to Chicago police following the now-disproven attack, in which he claimed two men physically attacked him while shouting racist and homophobic insults.

Smollett also claimed that the two men were wearing pro-Trump “MAGA” hats and that they poured bleach on him and put a rope around his neck.

It turns out, however, that Smollett staged the whole thing. During the trial, it was revealed that Smollett paid the two men and that they did a “dry run” of the attack the day before, which was caught on camera, according to Fox.

Smollett has yet to be sentenced and is facing up to three years in prison for the crimes, Fox reports. But many experts believe that the actor won’t end up behind bars, and rather is looking at probation and community service.

Smollett reportedly plans to appeal the verdict.

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