Watch her arrival at the event:
.@RepMaxineWaters We are honored to present you with the chairman’s award this evening alongside @ChairmanNAACP. Our community wouldn’t be where we are today without your leadership. #ImageAward50 pic.twitter.com/efGawtiOyJ
— Derrick Johnson (@DerrickNAACP) March 31, 2019
“It’s the correct thing that the charges were dropped,” the congresswoman stated. “[…] No one was hurt — that is, physically, killed, shot — he never committed a crime before, he forfeited the bail, and it’s this kind of situation where they close the case all over the country every day.
“I have learned this isn’t unusual,” Waters added, echoing Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx, who said in an earlier interview with NPR that her office’s decision to drop the charges was based off “the rules that we have for everyone else.”
The congresswoman explained that the case received “a lot of attention because of who he is — he’s an extremely talented man who people have come to love because he is on TV.”
Waters then gave Smollett a few words of encouragement, saying she’s “hopeful that he will go on with his career and be successful.”
When asked if she was disappointed to not see Smollett (who was nominated for best supporting actor in a drama) at the NAACP event, Waters expressed her yearning to see him.
“I would love to see him, and I am looking forward to seeing him very soon,” Waters responded.
All of this comes after President Donald Trump gave his outspoken disapproval of the charges against Smollett being dropped, calling for the Department of Justice and the FBI to intervene.
FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2019
“It is an embarrassment to our Nation!” Trump argued, quickly voicing his displeasure with the news.