CNN analyst John Avlon condemned actor Jussie Smollett, and connected the hate crime hoax with Trump’s “The Big Lie” of the 2020 election.
John Avlon: “It’s a strategy he might as well have learned from Donald Trump: when caught in a lie, double down. Lie more. Play the victim. Ignore the facts. Make excuses. Demonize the other side. And hope that the confusion muddies the waters enough to fool your supporters and avoid accountability.
Didn’t work in Jussie Smollett case, in the trial, the truth came to light. But he’s an actor.
Donald Trump was president of the United States. He should not be held to a lower standard.”