Much of social media erupted in glee after "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was found guilty on five of six counts of felony disorderly conduct in relation to a hate crime hoax he orchestrated — while prominent liberals remained silent.
A Chicago jury pronounced Smollett guilty Thursday evening.
He awaits sentencing for the convictions, which carry a maximum sentence of up to three years in prison.
In 2019, Smollett reported that two Donald Trump supporters attacked him while screaming racial and homophobic slurs and placed a noose around his neck.
The two suspects, Nigerian-born brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo — with whom Smollett worked on the set of "Empire" — ultimately told police that he paid them to stage the attack in efforts to boost his floundering career.
Detectives said that surveillance footage and other pieces of evidence corroborated the Osundairo brothers' claims. The Nigerian-born brothers ultimately testified against Smollett and insisted that the "Empire" actor walked them through how to carry out the "attack."
Smollett said that he was not guilty, that there was no hoax, and that the two brothers attacked him and attempted to extort money from him.
What are the details?
Following the verdict, Daily Wire editor emeritus Ben Shapiro led the chorus and tweeted, “Tonight, Jussie Smollett can rest knowing that his attacker has been convicted."
The Babylon Bee's Twitter account joked, "Cruel: Jussie Smollett Will Be Forced To Share A Jail Cell With His Attacker."
Blaze Media's Jason Whitlock added, "The conviction of Jussie Smollett's attacker is further proof the American criminal justice system isn't racist."
Joe Concha, media columnist at The Hill, added, “Jussie Smollett guilty on first five counts. Sixth count not guilty. Justice obviously served. Don’t expect any apologies from those who brought this ridiculous take from Day 1, starting with the VP and ABC’s Robin Roberts."
Broadcaster Megyn Kelly tweeted, "Jussie Smollett guilty on 5 felony counts. He perpetrated a hate crime hoax & made the road that much tougher for real victims. As for the press & politicos who gleefully bought his obvious nonsense & used it as an excuse to bash America, shame on you too."
Broadcaster Buck Sexton wrote, "Jussie Smollett's obvious hoax was an intelligence test that millions of liberals failed from day one[.] Including Biden and Kamala."
Daily Wire co-founder and co-CEO Jeremy Boreing added, "Never forget the left went all-in on the Jussie Smollett hoax. They wanted it to be true; they didn't care that it wasn't. And not just the media. The Obama political machine all but obstructed justice to protect this race-hustling fraud. They wanted riots. Unforgivable."
Author and columnist Tim Young added, "My favorite part of Jussie Smollett's hoax was that he left the rope around his neck... LIKE A REAL VICTIM WOULD... So when the cops showed up, he probably pointed to it and said 'See?!?! They tried to get me with this rope JUST LIKE THIS!' So f***ing dumb."
Silence from the peanut gallery
Liberals — both in Hollywood and Washington, D.C. — have largely remained mum on the verdict.
President Joe Biden in 2019 tweeted, “What happened today to @JussieSmollett must never be tolerated in this country. We must stand up and demand that we no longer give this hate safe harbor; that homophobia and racism have no place on our streets or in our hearts. We are with you, Jussie.”
Around the same time, Vice President Kamala Harris added, "@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery. This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.”
Entertainer Ariana Grande at the time wrote, "[W]hat happened to jussie makes me really f***ing sick to my stomach. i can’t believe s*** like this is really still happening everyday. what kind of world ? sending all of the healing energy / love i possibly can and hoping for change. what can we do ? tell me & i’m there."
Actor Elliot Page — then known as Ellen Page — went on a lengthy diatribe during a late-night TV appearance, claiming that former President Donald Trump was somehow connected to the attack.
"Connect the dots, this is what happens," Page spat at the time. "If you are in a position of power and you hate people and you wanna cause suffering to them, you go through the trouble, you spend your career trying to cause suffering, what do you think is going to happen? Kids are going to be abused and they're going to kill themselves and people are going to be beaten on the street. I have traveled the world and I have met the most marginalized people you could meet. I am lucky to have this time and the privilege to say this. This needs to f***ing stop."
Actress Lena Waithe added, “Being queer and black is like having a target on your back every time you walk out the door. I don’t really believe police, I tend to believe black people first."
Smollett's fellow "Empire" co-star, Taraji P. Henson, wrote, "I know him and I know his track record. I'm not going to jump on clickbait just because someone says something derogatory about a person I know and love. I'm not easily swayed like that. Those little clickbait [reports] weren't enough to deter me from his immaculate track record. I know the type of activism this young man does in his community, I know that he's a giver – he's not an attention-seeker."