Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson at a Thursday press conference unleashed a rhetorical barrage aimed at “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, who was arrested this morning for faking a hate crime.
“As I look out into the crowd, I just wish that the families of gun violence in this city got this much attention because that’s who really deserves the amount of attention we’re giving to this particular incident,” Johnson said in scathing opening statements that were only the beginning of an angry and passionate rebuke of the actor.
“I come to you not only as the superintendent of the Chicago police department, but also as a black man who spent his entire life living in the city of Chicago,” he continued, hammering Smollett for taking “advantage of the pain and anger of racism” to “further his own public profile.”
“Bogus police reports cause real harm. They do harm to every legitimate victim who is in need of support by police and investigators,” said Johnson, who added that he was “offended and angry” by Smollett’s stunt, not the least for the impact the hoax would have on other vulnerable populations.
“I’m also concerned about what this means moving forward for hate crimes,” he said. ‘My concern is that hate crimes will now publicly be met with a level of skepticism that previously didn’t happen.”
“I only hope the truth about what happened receives the same amount of attention that the hoax did,” Johnson concluded. “I’ll continue to pray for this troubled young man who resorted to both drastic and illegal tactics to gain attention.”
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Intel official who briefed lawmakers on latest Russian meddling targeted for ouster by Trump White House: CNN
During a discussion on the war on the intelligence community being waged by the Donald Trump's White House, CNN host Victor Blackwell stated that sources speaking with the network stated that the intel official who briefed lawmakers for both parties on new efforts by Russia to meddle in U.S. elections could be on the way out.
Speaking with contributor Lynn Sweet, Blackwell asked about the so-called "purge" being conducted by the White House.
"It sends the signal once again that President Trump is not a respecter of the United States intelligence services with the bigger issue that a permanent director has not been in that office since last summer when Dan Coates was forced out," Sweet explained. "This is a key position, subject to Senate confirmation and Trump hasn't seen fit to have a permanent director for months now."
Trump’s latest national security adviser is undercutting FBI Director Wray to quash report of new Russian meddling: report
In a scorching column for the Daily Beast, historian David Rothkopf accused Donald Trump's latest national security director, Robert O'Brien, of undercutting the United States intelligence services and uses his comments about recent reports of new Russian election meddling to make the case that he is contradicting FBI Director Christopher Wray to please the president.
According to Rothkopf, "For just over a century, since America arrived as a major force on the global stage, we have feared that should our enemies defeat us, it would be on the battlefield or via a devastating nuclear onslaught. We never could have imagined that an enemy might take another approach altogether: infecting us with a presidential virus who this week gutted our national security leadership structures like a fish."
Decoding the Christian paradox: Evangelical historian explains how right-wingers ignore Jesus to support a corrupt and greedy president
To quote the bumper sticker: "What would Jesus do?"
Assuming that he existed and held the views imputed to him, Jesus Christ would not support Donald Trump.
Donald Trump's behavior, values, policies and their consequences are the opposite of what Jesus Christ represented. Trump has put migrants and refugees in cages and delighted in their suffering. He feels contempt for the poor, the sick, the vulnerable and the needy. He has lied at least 16,000 times. He is corrupt and wildly greedy.