President Donald Trump is taking another shot at “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. While speaking to the National Republican Congressional Committee Tuesday, Trump went on a tangent about the embattled actor after testing “MAGA Country” as his potential 2020 campaign slogan.
Smollett claimed two men yelled “This is MAGA country” in late January before beating him in an alleged racial and homophobic attack.
“How about the guy from Chicago? The actor that nobody ever heard of,” Trump said, sparking laughter among the crowd. “I said, ‘Who the hell is that?”’
Trump tries out the words “MAGA Country,” which reminds him of Jussie Smollett: “How about the guy from Chicago? The actor nobody ever heard of. I said, ‘who the hell is that?'” pic.twitter.com/CQcyZstZaJ
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) April 3, 2019
The president continued: “(Smollett) said he got taken out by ‘MAGA country.’ I said, ‘What the hell was that?’ I guess that’s a hate crime, right?”
Trump’s remarks come days after the commander-in-chief announced that he would have the FBI and the Justice Department review Smollett’s case.
“I think that case is an absolute embarrassment to our country, and somebody has to at least take a very good hard look at it,” Trump told reporters at the White House last week, echoing a tweet he sent earlier in the day.
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump: FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!
Chicago prosecutors dropped all charges against Smollett on March 26, just weeks after he was indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report about being the victim of an alleged hate-crime attack.