President Donald Trump stated during his rally in Wisconsin on Saturday that former actor Jussie Smollett’s case where he purportedly paid friends to beat him up was a “disgrace” to the country.
“It’s called MAGA country. You know, I didn’t hear that term until that third rate actor in Chicago went out, and he said, ‘I was beaten up by MAGA country,’ can you believe it?” Trump said. “Now, that’s a hate crime, right? He said he was beaten up by MAGA country. Turned out to be a total lie. But think of it, MAGA. Make America Great Again. And, by the way, I have to tell you, that case in Chicago is a disgrace to our nation.”
The remarks came after Smollett allegedly gave money to two brothers to beat him up to make it appear to be a hate crime. The alleged assailants shouted, “this is MAGA country,” according to Smollett’s initial statement to police. Police officials charged the “Empire” actor with 16 charges including making up a hate crime and disorderly conduct on March 14.