Rahm Emanuel: If Jussie Smollett ‘Was Not an Actor,’ He ‘Would Not Get Off’ This Easy


After bashing Jussie Smollett for getting away with his “hoax” hate crime, Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago — where the fake incident was staged — said that if the Empire star wasn’t an “actor with influence,” then he “would not get off” with just a slap on the wrist.

“If he was anybody else, and this is what’s upsetting people in the city and around the country — he has one law or one kind of standard of accountability and everybody else gets another, and that’s wrong,” Emanuel said of Smollett’s $10,000 fine and two days of community service during an appearance on CNN. “Everybody thinks if you’re in a position of power or position of influence, there’s two rulebooks: One for everybody else and one for the people of influence.”

“This is a horrible example of — if he wasn’t an actor, do you think two days of community service would be enough?” He added.

While Smollett is believed to have staged a hate crime by tying a noose around his neck and hiring two accomplices to carry out the fake attack, he was cleared today without acknowledging such wrongdoing.

“If it wasn’t for the fact he was an actor with influence and capacity to have influence, you would not get off with two days of community service,” Emanuel told CNN host Wolf Blitzer later in the segment.

“[If] we found out I put [a swastika] on the door for, my own career or you for your own career, put that out, do you think two days of community service [and] the slate would be clean?” The mayor continued. “The fact is he’s walking away, no remorse, no contrite, doesn’t believe he did anything wrong and used the laws of that to advance his own career and got caught and his entire penalty become to society is two days of community service. It’s just not right.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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