As Jussie Smollett’s yarn that Donald Trump supporters attacked him on a frozen Chicago street in the dead of night seems to be falling apart, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is now going to “withhold” until more information comes out.
The presidential candidate was quick to amplify the actor’s claim that Trump backers hurled racist and anti-gay slurs at him in the midst of the sub-zero polar vortex a couple weeks ago.
The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching. I'm glad he's safe.
To those in Congress who don't feel the urgency to pass our Anti-Lynching bill designating lynching as a federal hate crime– I urge you to pay attention. https://t.co/EwXFxl5f2m
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 29, 2019
“The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching,” Booker tweeted.
He went on to call for an “anti-lynching” bill to pass Congress as a result.
But now, Booker is slowing his roll.
NEW: Booker said he is waiting for more info on the new reports of Jussie Smollet’s attack potentially being a planned hoax. He called it a “modern-day lynching” when first reported. pic.twitter.com/rHNNJtNvCs
— Bo Erickson (@BoKnowsNews) February 17, 2019
“Well, the information is still coming out, and I’m going to withhold until all the information comes out,” Booker told reporters in New Hampshire on Sunday.
“We know in America that bigoted and biased attacks are on the rise, in a serious way,” accusing conservatives of being behind “a majority” of terrorist attacks in America since September 11, 2001.
“We have seen painful realities surge in our country, a rise in anti-Semitism, anti-Islamic attacks,” he said to reporters.
“We’re seeing just vicious, horrific, cruel violence that’s motivated by bias and hate. We need to do more to protect all Americans and make sure all neighborhoods and communities are safe.”