Even though Jussie Smollett has been found guilty of staging a homophobic and racist assault against himself and lying about it, an overlooked tragic injustice of the three-year saga is that he wrongfully gets to be the most famous person associated with a plot that he cribbed from untold numbers of lesser-known people before him.
The story he told about an innocent minority violently attacked by Trump supporters (i.e. white men) was done countless times before he did it in January 2019. And as in Smollett’s case, they were either proved to be fake, or they went unresolved after the supposed victims curiously stopped talking with police.
It’s a fairytale that’s been told time and time again by leftists who throw a fit when things aren’t going their way.
A day after the 2016 presidential election, a female Muslim student at San Diego State University claimed to police that she had been assaulted and robbed by two men who “made comments about President-Elect Trump and the Muslim community.” The student also said her car had been stolen, apparently as part of the attack.
Two months later, police dropped the investigation because the “victim” no longer wanted to cooperate. And her car hadn’t been stolen after all. She told police she had simply forgotten where she parked it. (It was, no doubt, purely coincidental that the student was a member of the Muslim Student Association, which had been planning an upcoming protest of Trump’s election.)
The exact same day as that fake attack, another Muslim woman at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette claimed that two white men had assaulted her, robbed her, and snatched a hijab from her head. She described one of them as wearing a white Trump hat. A day later, investigators said she confessed to having fabricated the entire incident.
On Dec. 1, 2016, Yasmin Seweid, 18, told New York City police that three drunken white guys had taunted her about Trump’s election victory and tried to pull a hijab from her head on the subway as other passengers watched without intervening. “It made me really sad after when I thought about it,” she told the New York Daily News. “People were looking at me and looking at what was happening and no one said a thing. They just looked away.” She said the men called her a terrorist and told her to “get the hell out of the country.”
A month later, she confessed that none of it was real. “Nothing happened, and there was no victim,” New York police said. The Daily News thereafter reported that Seweid had made up the story “because she didn’t want to get in trouble for breaking her curfew after being out late drinking with friends.”
(Take solace, however, in knowing that Seweid’s parents, disappointed by her hoax, reportedly punished her by making her shave her head.)
If Smollett’s case was at all a surprise, it should only be in that anyone took so seriously a lie that had been told so many times before.
In November 2016, immediately after Trump’s election, The Indianapolis Star reported that St. David’s Episcopal Church of Bean Blossom, Indiana, had been vandalized with graffiti on its walls.
In black spray paint were a swastika, “Heil Trump,” and “Fag church,” an apparent reference to the church’s reputation within the community for welcoming gays.
Six months later, 26-year-old gay man George Nathaniel Stang, an organist at St. David’s, admitted to police that he was the perpetrator. He had sprayed the graffiti because he was “disappointed in and fearful of the outcome of the national election.”
On Nov. 3, 2018, a synagogue in Brooklyn, New York, was defaced with graffiti spelling out “Die Jew Rats,” “End it Now,” and “Jew Better Be Ready.”
The incident understandably shook the community, given that it happened just one week after a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue wherein 11 people died (a tragedy that was also falsely blamed on Trump). Then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, denounced the attack on the Brooklyn synagogue.
“The disgusting rhetoric and heinous violence in this nation has reached a fever pitch and is ripping at the fabric of America,” Cuomo said. State-level Democrat lawmaker Jim Gaughran wrote on Twitter that the apparent hate crime highlighted “the need for a change in our current political climate. Hate, bigotry, and fear-mongering have become all too common in today’s society and that needs to change.”
Police two days later found the suspect, a 30-year-old blonde, blue-eyed, white male who confessed that he had been inspired to act by President Trump. Wait, no, that’s not right. My mistake! In reality, after reviewing surveillance video that clearly showed the perpetrator, police detained 26-year-old James Polite, a black gay male who, as fate would have it, was highly active in local Democratic politics.
Polite was the exact opposite of the type of person we’re told to expect this kind of thing from. He had worked as an intern in the office of Democrat Christine Quinn, the very loud lesbian who in 2013 lost her bid for city mayor and who had served as New York City Council speaker. In a delicious twist to the plot, Polite’s area of responsibility as an intern in Quinn’s office included oversight of local hate crimes.
You can read about all of these and more in my book “Privileged Victims: How America’s Culture Fascists Hijacked the Country and Elevated Its Worst People.”
Smollett is not an original. He is not, as he claimed during his trial, a “black Cary Grant.” He is not, as he claimed before he faced criminal charges, “the gay Tupac.”
Smollett is a fraud, but hopefully now everyone knows that the tale about Trump supporters (white men) wildly attacking minorities is fraudulent too.