White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called out those quick to condemn President Donald Trump and his supporters after the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett.
During an interview with Fox News on Friday, Sanders pointed out the rush to judgment after the news was first released.
“I think there were so many people … that quickly came out and attacked the president, blamed the president. And in fact, as we learned more, it certainly seems like the only person to blame in this case is Smollett,” Sanders said to Fox News in response to Smollett allegedly staging the attack himself.
She pointed to the recent issue with the Covington High School boys who were falsely accused of being racist toward a group of Native Americans, claiming that these situations were examples of people looking to condemn Trump supporters.
“It is another sad example of people so quick to want to attack and come after this president,” Sanders said. “Much like you saw with the Covington kids and certainly with this case as well. And the president is pushing back.”
After the charges against Smollett were issued, Trump went after the actor on Twitter, saying that the accusations were “dangerous.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019
“What about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!?” Trump tweeted.
As IJR previously reported, some Democratic lawmakers were quick to condemn the attack as a “modern-day lynching,” but have largely stayed silent on the situation after new details were released by police.
Although Smollett was released on bail, he could be facing up to three years in prison for filing a false police report.