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Nancy Pelosi In 2019: Smollett Incident ‘An Affront To Our Humanity’

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Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (L) and actor Jussie Smollett attend the LA Pride ResistMarch on June 11, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.
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Jussie Smollett’s guilty verdict in the 2019 hoax, which included him staging a hate crime against himself, has led to fierce criticism against the Democrats who quickly rushed to support the disgraced “Empire” actor.

“The racist, homophobic attack on @JussieSmollett is an affront to our humanity. No one should be attacked for who they are or whom they love,” a now-deleted tweet from House Speak Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on January 29, 2019 read.

“I pray that Jussie has a speedy recovery & that justice is served. May we all commit to ending this hate once & for all,” Pelosi added.

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Speaker Pelosi, told Business Insider, revealed in 2019 the explanation for the deleted post.

“As the Speaker who passed the fully inclusive Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, we spoke out because this appeared to be a deeply troubling incident of violence motivated against vulnerable communities,” Hammill said.

“Given the turn in the investigation, we decided to no longer amplify the original accusation. Following the conclusion of the ongoing investigation, we will comment further. We should all be united in fighting racism and homophobia,” he added.

Pelosi has yet to “comment further” regarding the Smollett verdict.

The incident was noted in a Chicago police report in January 2019 regarding “a possible hate crime.”

Pelosi’s support was originally posted by 6:40 p.m. the same day according to the time in the image’s timestamp.

Several other prominent Democrats also instantly responded with support for Smollett despite not knowing the facts about the situation. Among them was New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

“There is no such thing as ‘racially charged,’” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

“This attack was not ‘possibly’ homophobic. It was a racist and homophobic attack,” she added. “There is no such thing as ‘racially charged.’”

As The Daily Wire reported on Thursday, Smollett was found guilty on five out of six counts of disorderly conduct.

“Smollett was found not guilty about lying about aggravated battery. That charge was because his attackers were wearing masks,” Fox News reporter Matt Finn added.

The Daily Wire reported in 2019:

Smollett contends he was targeted by two Trump supporters, who verbally and physically accosted him as he was walking home from a Subway sandwich shop in downtown Chicago on January 29. The actor says the men called him a “f*****” and a “n*****,” tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and kicked him in the ribs.

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