Scott Morefield | Reporter
The fact that Chicago prosecutors declined to pursue charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging a hate crime against himself has many crying foul on Twitter.
The hashtags #liberalprivilege and #blackprivilege were all over the social media network Tuesday as First Assistant States Attorney Joseph Magats made the decision to drop Smolletts charges, based largely on the fact that the “Empire” actor agreed to forfeit his $10,000 bond and did two days of “volunteer service” with Jesse Jacksons nonprofit group.
While the decision enraged Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who reportedly was “furious” after finding out his “rock solid” case was out the window, it also didnt sit well in Twitterland. (RELATED: That Time Jussie Smollett Called Trump Supporters Clowns And A National Disgrace)
“As a former Police Officer, Jussie Smollett getting away with committing 16 felonies has me so pissed off right now,” Turning Point USAs Brandon Tatum tweeted with the hashtag #blackprivilege. “All that hard work investigating a fake crime he stage and paid for. The amount of taxpayer resources and manpower that was wasted is sickening.”
As a former Police Officer, Jussie Smollett getting away with committing 16 felonies has me so pissed off right now
All that hard work investigating a fake crime he stage and paid for. The amount of tax payer resources and man power that was wasted is sickening#blackprivilege
— Brandon Tatum (@TheOfficerTatum) March 26, 2019
Former Obama chief strategist David Axelrod criticized prosecutors for seeming disingenuous.
Hate crimes are loathsome. Faking them is insidious and shouldnt be excused. Despite Smolletts denials, nothing the prosecutor said in dismissing the case supports that. If prosecutors have evidence that contradicts the indictment THEY brought, they should share it today.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) March 26, 2019
Even Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell seemed confused:
Im about to go on @FoxNews w/ @marthamaccallum to discuss #MuellerReport, and Im not making this up, but the segment before mine is outrage over #Smollett charges being dropped. Perhaps its possible we can all know what happened but the conduct doesnt meet criminal standard?
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) March 26, 2019
Black Conservative Federation president Diante Johnson used the #liberalprivilege hashtag to note: “Money talks huh? If he was white and anti-Obama there would be protest[s] all over the country right now.”
Money talks huh? If he was white and anti-Obama there would be protest all over the country right now. #DoubleStandard #LiberalPrivilege @rolandsmartin @thecjpearson @RyanAFournier @MelikAbdul_ https://t.co/pHNKZ9cAhG
— Diante Johnson (@BCFPresident) March 26, 2019
And plenty more followed:
Did Jesse Smollett just single handedly KILL White Privilege?
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) March 26, 2019
#LiberalPrivilege IS ALL TOO REAL.
— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) March 26, 2019
Can someone explain to me how white privilege resulted in a black gay man blatantly fabricating a hate crime and facing no punishment for it whatsoever?
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) March 26, 2019
There are 500+ gun murders each year in Chicago
Jussie Smollets lies misled valuable police officers off the case for weeks while gun violence continued to escalate
How many people died because of his lie?
Where is the Justice? No punishment for felonies?
A national disgrace
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 26, 2019
— Activist Peter Boykin #LGBexit Campaign Founder (@peterboykin) March 26, 2019