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Donald Trump is complaining that Jussie Smollett insulted Trump supporters with the actor's claim that he was assaulted by two men saying "this is MAGA country."
Trump tweeted this Thursday morning:
\u201c.@JussieSmollett - what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA\u201d— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1550765397
Smollett, the black gay man who stars in Empire, has now been charged with falsifying a police report, a felony, due to his claim that he was attacked by two white men January 29 in Chicago. He said the men used racist and homophobic slurs, punched him, poured an unknown liquid on him, and placed a noose around his neck. He also said the men told him "this is MAGA country," MAGA being an acronym for Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan.
Police eventually began to question Smollett's account, and Wednesday a grand jury indicted him on the charge of falsifying a police report, which carries a sentence of one to three years if he is found guilty. Smollett turned himself in to police early Thursday. Also, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which are looking into hate mail sent to Smollett, are investigating whether he may have sent the mail to himself.
The president isn't the only member of the Trump family tweeting about Smollett. As of Monday, his son Donald Trump Jr. had tweeted at least 35 times about Smollett, using the possibility that the attack was fabricated as evidence that his father's supporters are not racist or homophobic.