Don Lemon Tries Shifting the Blame to Trump After Chicago Mayor Slams Dems’ Rush to Judgement on Smollett


After distancing himself and the city from “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett for acting out of “perceived self-interest” in a hate crime case, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called out those who were quick to jump to Smollet’s defense. However, CNN anchor Don Lemon turned the conversation to President Donald Trump.

Speaking with Don Lemon on CNN, Emanuel delivered a “cautionary note” to those who were quick to believe Smollett.

Smollett was arrested on Thursday for filing a fake police report after paying two brothers — who were apparent supporters of President Trump — $3,500 to stage an attack where a noose was placed around his neck and had bleach poured on him. The Chicago police claimed the actor did so because “he was dissatisfied with this salary.”

Courtesy Chicago Police Department/Handout via Reuters

“I would just say one other cautionary note, Don,” Emanuel said. “I think the national media, I think national politicians, they need to take a step back.”

“They need to think about this moment. They need to think about other moments, and think about how we approach stories going forward because you and I know everybody rushed to judgment about the veracity of it. It didn’t add up to a lot of us that live in Chicago.”

Lemon seemed to disregard Emanuel’s advice of “learning before we rush to judgment, we should to take a pause, get the facts.” Emanuel added that it’s also on “national politicians” to do so, as well.

The CNN anchor responded by pointing out a tweet by the president that said, “What about the MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!?”

Lemon shifts the blame to Trump:

LEMON: “You talked about national politicians, he is the biggest national politician, the leader of the free world, really. The country is incredibly divided right now: we’re debating blackface scandals, protest by Black football players, Nazi’s marching in Charlottesville. Emotions are really raw right now. Was he taking advantage, Jussie Smollett, of the divides in our society? …”

Emanuel responded, saying, “There is not the same of moral equivalency,” with President Trump, however, he concluded that Smollett’s alleged hate crime “didn’t add up” with the people of Chicago.

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During a CNN segment on Thursday, Lemon claimed Smollett has “lost the fight in the court of public opinion.”

“He lost because — not his fault. Maybe people were — I don’t know what they were saying to him, maybe because of his representatives. Who knows? But it was handled poorly,” he added.

Lemon noted during the opening monologue the Smollett controversy is “personal” because the two are acquaintances and had been in communication since the alleged hate crime.

“He even lied to a lot of people … including me. And that’s not cool,” Lemon said. “He squandered the good will of very high-profile people who one day may be running this country like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker and people like President Trump.”

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Following Smollett’s arrest on Thursday, he posted $10,000 of the $100,000 bond and surrendered his passport on charges of filing a false police report and disorderly conduct. However, he could still face up to three years in prison.

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Charlene Albertson

I’m stunned that Emanuel had such constructive criticism of Smollett since he is such a Socialist ideology. Was rather refreshing. His call for democrats and the rabid press to pull back and calm down was a breath of fresh air

Linda Fox

You are kidding, right?


Sure Don. Just like no one rushed to judgement on Trump.


Mayor Rahm of all people speaking of “moral equivalency” would normally cause me to chuckup my Chicago dog and deep dish pizza, but today . . . .he’s Mahatma





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