A Los Angeles civil rights activist says Empire actor Jussie Smollett should apologize to President Trump. Najee Ali says he believes Smollett tried painting Trump supporters in a horrible light and it backfired. "At the end of the day we believe that Jussie Smollet owes the nation an apology, as well as possible calls for prosecution and brought to justice criminally."
Ali says if the alleged hate crime incident was a hoax, Smollett has done major damage to African Americans and members of the LGBTQ community. The Empire actor claims that he was recently attacked in Chicago by two white men who yelled anti-gay slurs and that "This is MAGA country."
Ali says he initially believed the actor's claim but then began raising questions. "I'm actually from Chicago, he noted. "The night of the alleged incident it was actually ten degrees, and it was two o'clock in the morning, so in my mind I questioned why anyone would be out in the freezing cold of Chicago."
Ali says he believes this alleged hoax will hurt real victims of hate crimes. "So, in the future if someone else comes forward to say they've been victimized by hatred or homophobia their claims are less likely to be believed because of Smollett."