President Donald Trump has blasted Empire star Jussie Smollett at a rally on Saturday, calling him a third-rate actor for allegedly staging a hate crime against himself.
While speaking to his supporters, Trump said:
“We may have the greatest theme in the history of politics: It’s called Make America Great Again. MAGA. It’s called MAGA country. You know, I didn’t hear that term until that third-rate actor in Chicago went out and he said, ‘I was beaten up by MAGA Country.’ Can you believe that?”
He then said further:
“Turned out to be a total lie. By the way, I have to tell you that case in Chicago is a disgrace to our nation.”
It’s not the first time Trump has chided the embattled actor. On April 3, at the National Republican Congressional Committee he called Smollett “the actor nobody ever heard of.”
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