(CNN) – President Trump tweeted about Jussie Smollett’s arrest, calling him out for claiming his attackers were Trump supporters.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019
What Smollett alleged happened: In an interview with ABC that aired on last Thursday, Smollett said one of the attackers said, “‘This MAGA country, n****r’ and he punched me in the face so I punched his a** back.”
“It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim or a Mexican or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more,” Smollett said. “And that says a lot about the place where we are as a country right now.
The star theorized that he had been targeted because of his vocal criticism against President Trump and his administration, telling Roberts, “I come really hard against 45.”