When they go low, we go lower

Remember Jussie Smollett, the American actor/singer who claimed he’d been attacked by a couple of rednecks in downtown Chicago in the early hours one morning, only for it to emerge that he’d paid a couple of Nigerian lads to fill him in? He was staring down the barrel of serious criminal charges but whaddya know, they’ve been dropped.

Readers may recall that Smollett’s original claim had the entire Democratic presidential field rushing to his aid, and it seems his connections have come through once more. However, the Chicago PD and mayor are less than impressed:

In a striking news conference [which can be seen here – ed], the mayor and the police superintendent, Eddie Johnson, sharply criticized the State’s Attorney’s Office and the actor himself.

Mr. Emanuel said that Mr. Smollett’s celebrity had played a role in the decision, calling it “a whitewash of justice.”

“You cannot have, because of a person’s position, one set of rules apply to them and one set of rules apply to everybody else,” Mr. Emanuel said.

“Our officers did hard work, day in and day out, countless hours, working to unwind what actually happened that night,” he added. “The city saw its reputation dragged through the mud.”

Mr. Johnson said, “I think this city is still owed an apology.”

“At the end of the day,” he added, “it’s Mr. Smollett who committed this hoax.”

Nor are we finding much remorse from Smollett:

Exoneration or no, for Mr. Smollett, who maintained his innocence, the outcome could hardly have been better. After the hearing, he read a statement outside the courthouse without taking questions. He thanked his family, friends and “the incredible people of Chicago and all over the country and the world who have prayed for me, who have supported me.”

That’s right, he still maintains he’s innocent. And I wasn’t very surprised by this:

[T]he state’s attorney’s office had already drawn scrutiny for its handling of the case. The Chicago Tribune reported that after police department sources began leaking their doubts about Mr. Smollett to local reporters, Tina Tchen, a former chief of staff to Michelle Obama, had emailed Kimberly Foxx, the top prosecutor, saying the actor’s family had “concerns about the investigation.”

Firstly, why did Michelle Obama have a chief of staff? Secondly, far from embodying “class and grace” as his worshippers claim, the more I read about the Obamas the more they look like low-grade grifters, neck-deep in the sort of corruption that infests Chicago. If I were to be even more cruel I’d point out that Americans elected a half-African for a president who displayed African-style governance – including the prominent, high-spending wife and an inability to retire gracefully and silently.

Now on the one hand this is nothing new. The wealthy and connected were always subject to different laws from the rest of us – look at Edward Kennedy, for example. But on the other hand, now they’re not even pretending. They’re corrupt, and they don’t care who knows it. Also, I’m sure a lot of young black men will be contrasting Smullett’s fate under what passes for a justice system with their own were they to face similar charges. The American justice system is stacked against black men, and the sheer scale of gross injustices meted out against them should be a matter of priority for any governing party. Kim Kardashian, for all her faults, has done an admirable job in pushing Trump for prison reform, a bill which the president passed.

Which is ironic, don’t you think? The supposedly racist president Trump has signed a bill aimed at putting fewer black men in prison for non-violent crimes. What did Obama do to redress the balance in his eight years in charge? And now his wife’s mates are intervening in the justice system to ensure a wealthy celebrity gets sprung without charge despite overwhelming evidence that he’s guilty. It’s not surprising black Americans became so disappointed with Obama, and this latest incident will hardly have helped. While it’s probably too much to expect them to vote Republican, we can at least hope some will start to see that Democrats are not their friends either. What’s going to be really interesting is whether Kamala Harris can bring out the black vote. She’s on record as going all-in for Smullett, and her black credentials are sketchy to begin with. If she can’t, Trump’s a shoo-in for 2020.

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27 thoughts on “When they go low, we go lower

  1. Smollet isn’t out of the woods yet. He reportedly sent a letter to himself that was threatening/racist blah, blah, blah. This is misusing the US Postal System for harassment etc. (I can’t recall the exact terminology of the offence) which is a federal crime. In other words, it isn’t the local police and prosecutors who are going to charge him but the federal system.

    That offence carries a much higher sentence than wasting police time and/or giving false statements.

    We’ll see what we’ll see, I suppose.

  2. This still has some ways to run yet, people (Rahm for one) I wouldn’t expect to be upset by this decision are and scores are to be settled….politics!

  3. “misusing the US Postal System for harassment etc. (I can’t recall the exact terminology of the offence) which is a federal crime. In other words, it isn’t the local police and prosecutors who are going to charge him but the federal system.”

    Yes, but the pressure Michelle Obama was putting on (one assumes, given it was her CoS that was doing it) was for the Chicago PD investigation to be turned over to the Feds. Thats what they wanted. Presumably because the Obamas have more ‘friends’ in high places in the FBI than the lowly Chicago PD, and thus could get the case thrown into long grass and abandoned for ‘lack of evidence’ more easily. So there’s no reason to suspect that the FBI investigation into his alleged letter sending will be pursued with any vigour either.

    One would hope that some sense of self preservation might mean that there isn’t any meddling in the FBI investigation, but even if there isn’t I suspect that those involved will see which way the wind is blowing and won’t want to make enemies of the Obamas, and will whitewash him anyway, without them having to say a word.

    My guess is that somewhere in the Smollett case file is hard evidence that Michelle Obama tried to influence a criminal investigation, which would come out in court during a trial, or when the papers were made public. That would not be allowed, so all the evidence has been sealed and will never be made public, because as we all know the US is no longer a country under the rule of law, it is (like pretty much everywhere nowadays) a banana republic where grift and graft and who you know and how much money you have determines what you can get away with.

  4. That would not be allowed, so all the evidence has been sealed and will never be made public

    Oh yes, I should have mentioned that the details of the case have been sealed. It’s amazing how often the words “Obama” and “sealed” appear in the same paragraph.

  5. What we know about Obama is bad enough, what we will find out is even worse.
    Foxx’s election as State Prosecutor against an incumbent Democrat was Soros funded. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/03/26/george-soros-donated-408k-to-kim-foxx-prosecutor-who-let-jussie-smollett-walk/
    Her husband Kelley is at the top of Loop Capital ,https://mobile.twitter.com/Incarnated__ET/status/1110635537755365376, together with Big Mike’s brother . Loop has variously funded not just Obama but McCain.
    Smollett has close ties to both Corey Booker and Kamala Harris. His staged “assault” was used to get legislation through Congress. He also mixes within the Obama circle.
    I do believe his phone records are about to leak…..just like those of Kim Foxx.

  6. You can get away with just about anything if you have the right connections.

    As Sean Connery said, “Thatsch the Chicago way”.

  7. “Firstly, why did Michelle Obama have a chief of staff?”

    Good question. She had a huge staff – like 90 people. She often took a separate 757 on trips, with her staff. First ladies do have PR stuff they have to attend to , but not that much.

    This is what the brothers and sisters do. One person makes it big, and every one climbs aboard the gravy train. Sad thing is, it’s our gravy.

    As a comparison – From what I heard, Melania Trump has a staff of, like, 6.

  8. American blacks will be pleased, overall, just as they were when OJ Simpson and Michael Jackson got away with it. They see very little beyond color. Maybe they can’t personally get away with it, but it always brightens their day if a brother gets away with it across town.

    This impersonal justice thing is, as Biden says, white man stuff. It’s not their bag. “Who/whom” is the black way of thinking.

    There are surely exceptions, but not enough to measurably affect the black vote.

  9. I’ve lived in the Chicago area most of my life. Yes, Chicago politics are deeply, probably irremediably, corrupt. Yes, the cops often fail to be paragons of virtue. But black males in Chicago are not victims of systemic injustice. Not even close. In fact, it’s just the opposite. They keep getting passes and raps on the knuckles until they finally kill someone. Last weekend two black guys killed an off-duty Mexican Chicago cop in River North. Earlier the perps had had an altercation with a group of Hispanics. They went to get gun and came back to settle the beef. The original Hispanic group was gone so they looked around for some other Hispanics. They saw the cop and shot up his car, killing him and seriously wounding a companion. The shooter was on probation for burglary. His accomplice had an even longer rap sheet. Read murder stories in the Chicago Tribune. Time after time, the perp is on parole, the perp is on probation, the perp is wearing an ankle monitor, the perp had been assigned an ankle monitor, but had cut it off. If you’re a black male in Chicago, it’s catch-and-release until you finally kill someone. With Kim Foxx as State’s Attorney, it’s going to get even worse. Juicy Smollett is not the exception, he’s the rule.

  10. I’ve lived in the Chicago area most of my life.

    Fair enough, I’ve never even been there. I wasn’t so much referring to Chicago as the whole of the US, and from what I’ve seen of badly-functioning justice systems is that lots of bad people get let off while simultaneously lots of people get f*cked over. I expect blacks are disproportionately represented in both groups.

  11. “Firstly, why did Michelle Obama have a chief of staff? Secondly, far from embodying “class and grace” as his worshippers claim, the more I read about the Obamas the more they look like low-grade grifters, neck-deep in the sort of corruption that infests Chicago. If I were to be even more cruel I’d point out that Americans elected a half-African for a president who displayed African-style governance – including the prominent, high-spending wife and an inability to retire gracefully and silently.”

    This is the most accurate depiction of the Obamas I’ve ever read. This also makes you a Deplorable and now you must be deplatformed. Please report to UC Berkley for re-education.

  12. @MBlanc46 – agreed about “The sacred Negro” and the attitude towards them.

    Tim, you need to start reading THIS blog to see the way that Black people get away with many, many crimes. The blog has a dual nature – during the winter, black people stay at home out of the bad weather so he blogs statistics from the FBI, various Law Enforcement agencies and Police Departments showing that blacks far and away are disproportionately the perpetrators of crime. The second entry, coincidentally, in that link is about ShitCongo Chicago and a half hour spent browsing the entries will reveal many other statistics with links to the original sources showing this.

    The other aspect of the blog consists of reports about murders and home invasions that are reported locally and never make the national press or TV news which are many and varied.

    But all that is raciss and the dindus are being unfairly incarcerated for breaking whiteys laws…

  13. TimN,

    Slightly OT but have you listened to the latest Quillette podcast? Its on one of your favourite subjects of the middle class losing confidence in the police:

    Toby Young talks to Caroline Farrow, a Catholic journalist who recently found herself under investigation by the police for misgendering a transwoman. Caroline’s ordeal began six months ago when she appeared on a TV show called Good Morning Britain to debate Susie Green, a trans activist. That led to a chain of events that saw Caroline being investigated by the British police for misgendering Susie’s daughter Jackie, who was born male and underwent sexual reassignment surgery in Thailand at the age of 16.

    There’s an almost throwaway line Caroline says a police officer told her the were trained by these charities advocacy groups. If that is the case we really are in trouble and our own money is being used to bring it down on us.

  14. The wealthy and connected were always subject to different laws from the rest of us – look at Edward Kennedy, for example. But on the other hand, now they’re not even pretending. They’re corrupt, and they don’t care who knows it.

    Also Brexit and MPs

    Seems pretty clear these days, to misquote from Alice in Wonderland, that democracy and law’s mean whatever politicians want them to mean.

    Jussie Smollett case “an example of justice for the rich and powerful,” legal analyst says
    Chicago’s mayor and police superintendent say they’re furious that actor Jussie Smollett is no longer facing criminal charges. Prosecutors dropped all 16 felony counts Tuesday with little explanation. Smollett was accused of faking a racist, homophobic beating, allegedly because he was unhappy about his pay
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXlUoLiHZmY

  15. Oh yes, I should have mentioned that the details of the case have been sealed. It’s amazing how often the words “Obama” and “sealed” appear in the same paragraph.

    +1 Also Clinton and death & suicide/accident

    Even CNN seem angry at whitewash
    Lawyer who dropped charges: Smollett isn’t innocent | Case Sealed
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x57fm8huEac

  16. @Pcar,

    Yep – I had read when the incident hit the headlines that he had sent himself threatening letter(s) which the US Mail takes seriously and the FBI SHOULD be involved but considering how the FBI have severely compromised their impartiality over the Trump/Russia conspiracy, I won’t hold my breath:

    https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2019/03/26/report-fbi-still-investigating-jussie-smollett-for-federal-mail-fraud/

    OK, the FBI can be persuaded “Nothing to see here. Move on, citizen” but the US Mail service may not be so willing to let it drop.

  17. Doubt the Federal harassment charge would stick, although I don’t know the details. Pretty hard to harass yourself.

    This whole incident was disgusting. The Chicago prosecutors should hang their heads in shame. I’m glad the police are speaking out about it.

  18. Kimm Foxx and Jussie Smollett may enjoy the privilege of connection to the Chicago and DNC but their arrogance and ineptitude might just crack open the corruption to wider public view in time for 2020.

  19. Kimm Foxx and Jussie Smollett may enjoy the privilege of connection to the Chicago and DNC but their arrogance and ineptitude might just crack open the corruption to wider public view in time for 2020.

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