“It’s coming from the president of the United States. He’s dog whistling every day,” she said.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) blamed President Trump for the alleged hate crime attack targeting Empire actor Jussie Smollett during an interview with The Giro on Tuesday.
Smollett was, “brutally attacked by 2 men who beat him up, put his head in a noose,” according to TMZ.
The initial TMZ report also alleged that the suspects yelled, “this is MAGA country,” an accusation that Chicago Police have not been able to prove and some have speculated that validity of.
“I know Jussie. I love him. His family’s a friend of mine. I know his sisters, I know his mom, and I called already to Jazz, one of the sisters, to talk to her about what’s happening, about what’s going on,” Waters told The Giro.
Waters then praised Smollett for his work in the community while reiterating her love for the actor.
“I’m pleased that he’s doing okay. But we have to understand this is happening for a reason. Why all of a sudden do we have people unable to study while black, unable to mow a lawn while black, unable to have picnic while black, and being attacked?” Waters said. “It’s coming from the president of the United States. He’s dog whistling every day. He’s separating and dividing, and he’s basically emboldening those folks who feel this way.”
“When I heard about what had happened to Jussie, and I heard they put a rope around him, and they poured bleach on him and stuff, I was absolutely, very upset. So I’m feeling better that he’s okay, and I am looking forward to seeing him,” Waters concluded.