Chicago Pastor Corey Brooks says he’s happy disgraced actor Jussie Smollett ‘got caught in his lie’ for staging a hate crime hoax that horrified the nation and stoked racial tensions.
Smollett, 39, was convicted on five counts of disorderly conduct last week for fabricating a bogus racist and homophobic hate crime.
‘I’m glad he got caught in his lie,’ Brooks said in his latest episode of Rooftop Revelations, which was posted by Fox News.
Brooks, who leads New Beginnings Church in Chicago’s south side, is intimately familiar with the violence plaguing Chicago.
He said he was furious with the actor for ‘using the race card’ when ‘we have so much stuff going on with all the fights with all the shooting.’
‘He comes to our city and uses the race card to divide us, not to help us deal with the issues we’re faced with not to help us deal with – the violence we’re dealing with every single day – but uses the race card to further divide us as American people.’
Brooks, the head of Project HOOD – a nonprofit dedicated to ending gang violence – also hit out at liberals, celebrities and media outlets such as GQ magazine that blindly supported Smollett and stoked racial tensions before learning the full story.
‘I wonder how [GQ] must feel now after supporting a man who tried to racially divide all of America,’ Brooks said.
‘Supporting someone who is trying to not make America better but was looking at the evil intentions and trying to use them to divide us even further apart.’
Smollett, who faces up to 20 years in jail for staging the fake hate crime hoax, first claimed that he was beaten down by white, racist thugs in Chicago in early January 2019, just outside his apartment.
The pastor said Smollett used his status as a racial minority to ‘further divide the American people’
Actor Jussie Smollett was convicted last week on five counts of disorderly conduct for lying to police about being victimized in a racist and homophobic attack
He said he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack, but his story unraveled as investigators probed the stories and discovered Smollett actually paid his attackers
Chicago investigators – who accumulated a $130,000 overtime bill probing the case – later discovered Smollett orchestrated the whole thing in a failed attempt to bolster his acting career.
The fake attack was carried out by Nigerian brothers Abimbola and Olanbinjio Osundairo who the star had paid $3,500.
Smollett’s claims that the attackers hurled insults at him and hung a noose around his neck were first accepted as true and sparked nationwide condemnation, especially among prominent liberals and the left.
Kamala Harris, called for everyone to support Smollett and described it as a modern day lynching.
‘Jussie Smollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know,’ Harris tweed. ‘I’m praying for his quick recovery. This was an attempted modern day lynching.
Vice President Kamala called the incident a modern day lynching
Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib also showed support for Smollet
Bernie Sanders tweeted his sympathy for Jussie Smollett after the alleged attack
‘No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin.
‘We must confront this hate.’
Harris was mocked mercilessly Twitter for the old tweet following Smollett’s conviction.
Other liberal stars whose pro-Jussie tweets have now aged very poorly include Democratic representatives and Squad members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as well as Rashida Tlaib.
AOC tweeted: ‘There is no such thing as “racially charged.” This attack was not “possibly” homophobic. It was a racist and homophobic attack.
‘If you don’t like what is happening to our country, then work to change it. It is no one’s job to water down or sugar-coat the rise of hate crimes.’
Brooks, who leads New Beginnings Church in Chicago’s south side, expressed frustration that Smollett played the ‘race card’ in a city already struggling with gun and gang violence
Abimbola (left) and Olabinjo Osundairo (right)were paid $3,500 to attack Smollett
And Tlaib said: ‘When one of the most famous black and gay men in America is not safe, the message is clearer than it has ever been.’
‘The dangerous lies spewing from the right wing is killing & hurting our people. Thinking of you @jussiesmollett, and my LGBTQ neighbors.’
Senator Bernie Sanders called the case ‘a horrific instance of the surging hostility toward minorities around our country.’
Celebrities – including Naomi Campbell, John Legend, Fergie, Shonda Rhimes and the Reverend Al Sharpton – initially rallied behind Smollett.
‘The racist, homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett is far right America’s end game,’ GQ tweeted in January 2019.
Even Donald Trump, then president, called the case ‘horrible’, telling reporters in the Oval Office: ‘It doesn’t get worse than that and I mean it.’
‘I can tell you that it’s horrible. It doesn’t get worse,’ he said of the attack.