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Rahm Emanuel Tears Into Smollett for Claiming Innocence After ‘Hoax’ on Chicago: ‘Is There No Decency in This Man?’

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel today decried the decision to drop the charges against Jussie Smollett, but he also tore into Smollet himself for continuing to say he’s innocent.

After the charges were dropped, Smollett said, “I’ve been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of.”

Both Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson made it clear today they were not happy about this decision. Emanuel in particular was outraged by Smollett’s earlier comments:

“Mr. Smollett is still saying that he is innocent, still running down the Chicago police department. How dare him? How dare him? After everybody saw––and I want to remind you, this is not the superintendent’s word against his. The grand jury, a sliver of the evidence, and they came to a conclusion. As did the state attorney’s office. This is not the superintendent and the detectives’ department word against his. And even after this whitewash, there is still no sense of ownership of what he’s done. He says that, in fact, he is the wronged in this case. This is an unbelievable not just whitewash of justice, this is a person now who has not been let off scot-free with no sense of accountability of the moral and ethical wrong of his actions.”

“I cannot stress,” he continued, “that in a time when you have people bringing a moral equivalency in Virginia between bigots and those fighting bigotry, when you have a person using hate crime laws that are on the books to protect people who are minorities from violence, to then turn around and use those laws to advance your career and your financial reward, is there no decency in this man?”

Emanuel was asked if he thinks the decision was politically motivated. He said, “That’s something you have to ask them.”

“He’s the person that brought this forward,” the mayor added. “I remind you all, it goes back to also a letter. He brought this case forward. He said he was the victim of a hate crime, both for his sexual orientation and for being black. The evidence came forward, a grand jury saw the evidence, realized this was a hoax, a hoax on the city, a hoax on hate crimes, a hoax on people of good values who actually were empathetic at first, and he used that empathy for only one reason.”

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