Leftists, we need to have a talk, and I think you know why.
When Jussie Smollett came out and said he was attacked by two white men in red Make America Great Again hats, you believed him. You went to Twitter to call it a hate crime, racist, homophobic, and what not. Now that his story has fallen apart like a leper in a tug of war, your words are coming back to bite you.
So far, few of you have come clean. Some have taken the coward’s way out and deleted the tweets in the hopes no one remembers what you said with such conviction. (Spoiler Alert: The Internet never forgets.) Some have acknowledged the situation, but then tried to excuse it by adding additional context designed to lessen the impact. Few of you have even stood firm with your sentiments, ignoring the additional information or the calls for you to reconsider your position.
Few, if any, of you have apologized to the people you turned into victims because of what you said: Donald Trump supporters.
Now, you may not think of Trump supporters as victims in this case, but your rush to judgment and your desire to make Smollett’s story truth turned them into villains based on a lie, a lie you have helped to perpetuate. Remember when Alyssa Milano said MAGA hats were “the new white hoods”? How many times have you said Trump supporters were racist and homophobic without looking deeper into the matter? How many lives have you endangered with your inflammatory rhetoric, the same type of rhetoric you chastise President Donald Trump for using?
Regardless of whether you mea culpa or memory hole what you said, one thing is crystal clear to me: you owe Trump supporters an apology. Regardless of how you feel about them, you allowed yourselves to be lied to because you wanted to believe the lie was the truth. After all, it confirmed what you already believed, so it had to be true, right? Wrong. You have succumb to a little thing the kids like to call confirmation bias, and it blinded you to all the red flags around the Smollett story. But that’s not the worst of it.
The worst of it is you have let that bias cloud your judgment and prevent you from seeing that those with different opinions than you aren’t monsters. The vast majority of Trump supporters would never consider attacking anyone else unless they were attacked first. They aren’t all racist, sexist, homophobic monsters, and to treat them all as such is wrong. I’m going to engage in a bit of whataboutism here, but I do it to make a point. Would you like to be branded as dishonest because of Smollett’s actions? I sincerely doubt it, but that’s exactly what you did to Trump supporters here.
And it’s not something that can be forgotten or glossed over.
So, I’m asking you to apologize to Trump supporters for calling them racist and homophobic and for not taking the time to find out the facts before coming out with a statement. No backhanded apologies or attempts to reframe the situation to make Smollett look sympathetic instead of just pathetic. Own what you said and did, and apologize.
Of course, I won’t be holding my breath waiting for that to happen. You’ve shown me what kind of people you are, but surprise me for once.