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Donald Trump Jr. Tweeted 35 Times About Jussie Smollett


If you thought the possibility that out actor Jussie Smollett staged his own hate crime attack — something not yet confirmed — would be red meat for the right-wing, just look at Donald Trump Jr.'s Twitter account.

Usually riddled with conspiracy theories and attacks on his father's innumerable enemies, Trump Jr.'s Twitter is now consumed by the Smollett story. Seeing the incident as evidence that most hate crimes are phony and every Trump supporter harbors zero racism or homophobia, Trump Jr. appears fixated on pushing out Smollett stories.

The Advocate counted no less than 35 tweets, retweets, and references to Smollett on Trump Jr.'s account in the past 48 hours. Aside from minimizing the reality of hate crimes, Trump Jr. used the Smollett story for political brinkmanship and criticized African-American presidential candidates like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker who initially voiced support for Smollett.

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