Tuesday, January 29, 2019

"Empire" star says he was beaten in Chicago by men claiming "This is MAGA country"

Something doesn't make sense in this story. On the other hand I do hope the victim makes a full recovery.

The attack returned just north of downtown, which is hardly a conservative bastion. In fact. Cook County--Chicago is the county seat--gave just 21 percent of its vote to Donald Trump.

Chicago is not "MAGA country."

From TMZ:
"Empire" star Jussie Smollett was brutally attacked by 2 men who beat him up, put his head in a noose and screamed, "This is MAGA country."

Sources directly connected to Jussie tell TMZ, the actor arrived in Chicago from New York late Monday, and at around 2 AM he was hungry and went to a Subway. We're told when he walked out, someone yelled, "Aren't you that f***ot 'Empire' n*****?"

The 2 men -- both white and wearing ski masks -- viciously attacked Jussie as he fought back, but they beat him badly and fractured a rib. They put a rope around his neck, poured bleach on him and as they left they yelled, "This is MAGA country."

Jussie was taken to Northwestern Memorial where he was treated. He was discharged later Tuesday morning.
Update 10:15pm CST:

This story doesn't pass the smell test. Not only is there a paucity of Trump supporters in Chicago and many of the suburbs, last night was quite cold with high winds and drifting snow. I know, I was crazy enough to run 10 miles late Monday in Morton Grove and Skokie, which are just a dozen miles from where the incident took place. It was not the type of night for creeps to stalk a TV star. There weren't a lot of people on the streets and automobile traffic was much less than usual.

Besides, hooligans don't like cold and snowy winter nights either. And do racists really want to watch a show about a rap record label? How do they even know who Smollett is?

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