Jussie Smollett, a 36-year-old actor and star of a show called Empire, was reportedly attacked by individuals who yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him, poured bleach on him, and tied a noose around his neck.
A report from TMZ claimed the assailants shouted, "This is MAGA country!" during the assault, prompting a predictable anti-Trump backlash on social media. However, according to a report from The Daily Beast, that did not happen.
A Chicago Police spokesperson told The Daily Beast that the attackers’ genders are unknown, and that their faces and hands had been covered. TMZ reported that the attackers shouted “This is MAGA country,” but police told the Beast, “There is no report of that being said.”
Did TMZ make up the "This is MAGA country" story? Or did the alleged source make that up and TMZ ran with it without corroboration because, well, the media never misses an opportunity to make Trump or supporters look bad, even if it means running with bogus stories?