The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is blaming President Trump for Tuesday morning’s alleged racist, homophobic attack on actor Jussie Smollett.
The Empire star was attacked by two men in ski masks Tuesday in Chicago. TMZ reported that Smollett identified the suspects as white and said they had yelled, “This is MAGA country!”
“The recent racist and homophobic attack on acclaimed actor and activist Jussie Smollett is troubling,” declared NAACP president Derrick Johnson in a statement. “The rise in hate crimes is directly linked to President Donald J. Trump’s racist and xenophobic rhetoric. It is dangerous for any society to allow a tone of divisiveness and hatred to dominate the political discourse.”