By Ethan Sacks / February 18, 2019

Democrats Who Supported Jussie Smollett’s Attack Claim Struggle to React to Developments

Nancy Pelosi among those backtracking early assumption story about MAGA supporters attacking "Empire" star was true.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (L) and actor Jussie Smollett attend the LA Pride ResistMarch on June 11, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (L) and actor Jussie Smollett attend the LA Pride ResistMarch on June 11, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

Democrats and other high profile figures who publicly voiced support for “Empire” star Jussie Smollett in the wake of his claims that he was attacked by a pair of Trump supporters now are scrambling to backtrack.

Over the weekend, Chicago police have announced that the “trajectory of the investigation” has changed — and media reports are circulating that suggest Smollett may have hired the two men involved as part of a hoax.

The turn of events is a huge potential embarrassment for Democrats such as presidential candidate Cory Booker, who first called the alleged attack, “an attempted modern-day lynching.” On Sunday, Booker said he is now withholding further comment until more about the case is brought to light.

Similarly, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Twitter account has since deleted a Jan. 29 tweet that condemned the “racist, homophobic attack.”

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