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Sarah Sanders Says Smollett Hoax ‘Another Sad Example’ of People Wanting to Attack Trump

As the Jussie Smollett hoax controversy continues to unravel, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked Friday what she thought about the phony hate crime. It’s “another sad example of people so quick to want to attack and come after” Donald Trump, Sanders replied.

Appearing on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Sanders targeted those who had attacked President Trump over the incident before all the facts were in.

Democrat Leaders Fell For It

“There were so many people, including a lot of leadership from the Democrat Party, everybody from Nancy Pelosi, Cory Booker and a number of others, mostly those running for president that quickly came out and attacked the President, blamed the President,” Sanders said.

”In fact, as we learned more, it certainly seems like the only person to blame in this case is Smollett,” she added. “It is another sad example of people so quick to want to attack and come after this president.”

“Much like you saw with the Covington kids and certainly with this case as well,” Sanders said.

“And the President is pushing back.”

“Racist and Dangerous”

She’s right. Though President Trump originally expressed sympathy for Smollett when the Empire star originally claimed two men wearing “Make America Great Again” hats attacked him, as the truth began to come out, the president went after Smollett for his “racist and dangerous comments.”

After surrendering to authorities Thursday morning, Smollett was released later that afternoon. On Friday, the producers of Empire announced that Smollett would be removed from the final two episodes of the show.

Hopefully, that’s not the end of his punishment. Sarah Sanders is absolutely right that this was just another attempt by a liberal Hollywood figure to attack Trump. Yet, this incident obviously hurt Smollett’s reputation more than it hurt the president.

Even worse, violent incidents like the one Smollett concocted actually do happen. Will people be less willing to take them seriously in the future? In fact, with so many hate crime hoaxes occurring, will actual victims of violence feel like they will be believed if they come forward?

It’s doubtful these are question that entered Jussie Smollett’s mind, now or then. Sarah Sanders is right that it is sad someone would put so many through something like this just to try to hurt the president.

John Hanson

is a professional writer and editor with over 15 years of experience in conservative media and Republican politics. He has been a special guest on Fox News, Sirius XM, appeared as the guest of various popular personalities, and has had a lifelong interest in right-leaning politics.

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  • At this point, the guy is only charged. Suggesting he IS guilty at this point is every bit as bad as his offense. Best to withhold judgement until he is tried and judged.

  • Right! Just like the other side held back to get all the facts before they called us all kinds of names. We are the victims of this. I am tired of being called a racist. I have 7 grandchildren and only 1 is Caucasian. I have welcomed and loved any and all of my grandchildren

  • why isn't she taking about the right wing National Guardsman with a stockpile of weapons, white supremacist, with a hit list of Democratic leaders and TV announcers who are reporting the truth about Trump. His intention was to create " a white homeland"....?????

  • "Sarah Sanders RIPS Jussie Smollett to Shreds!" Really? It's pretty hard to do a better job of shredding Jussie Smollett than what Jussie Smollett did to himself. What an idiot. Of course there are still even more idiots like Kamala Harris and Maxine Waters - who still think Jussie is a victim and want to hold two imaginary white guys accountable for something that never happened. "You can't fix stupid" - Ron White

  • Jussie is still a good Democrat and a Democrats are Democrats, Über Alles.
    Lying, Misleading, Deceiving, Obfuscating, Antisemitism, Provocateurs, Prevaricators , Perjurers, Communists, Homophobic all Democrat résumé enhancements.

  • It's more than past time to start making examples out of these False Flag race-baiting idiots. Throw the book at Jussie, (his mom couldn't spell 'Jesse?), and max out the penalties for each and every charge, and make sure to run any and all sentences consecutively, not concurrently.

  • His mom can spell Jesse but blacks no longer want white people names. They want their name to be unique and with an African slant hence the name Jussie.

  • It's more than past time to start making examples out of these False Flag race-baiting idiots. Throw the book at Jussie, (his mom couldn't spell 'Jesse?), and max out the penalties for each and every charge, and make sure to run any and all sentences consecutively, not concurrently.

    • His mom can spell Jesse but blacks no longer want white people names. They want their name to be unique and with an African slant hence the name Jussie.

  • Jussie is still a good Democrat and a Democrats are Democrats, Über Alles.
    Lying, Misleading, Deceiving, Obfuscating, Antisemitism, Provocateurs, Prevaricators , Perjurers, Communists, Homophobic all Democrat résumé enhancements.

  • "Sarah Sanders RIPS Jussie Smollett to Shreds!" Really? It's pretty hard to do a better job of shredding Jussie Smollett than what Jussie Smollett did to himself. What an idiot. Of course there are still even more idiots like Kamala Harris and Maxine Waters - who still think Jussie is a victim and want to hold two imaginary white guys accountable for something that never happened. "You can't fix stupid" - Ron White

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