As President of the United States, Donald Trump has had plenty of sound bites that rubbed citizens the wrong way. From calling people in Charlottesville “fine people” to attacks on minorities, every time he speaks, shock and scrutiny follow. The Commander-in-Chief was questioned about the attack on actor and singer Jussie Smollett in Chicago and echoed the sentiment of many across America referring to the attack as “horrible.”
Smollett was the target of a hate crime earlier this week, which reportedly left him beaten while a noose was hung around his neck. A chemical was also tossed on to him. The attackers were believed to catch Smollett’s attention by yelling racial and homophobic statements and eventually “MAGA country” during the attack.
President Trump spoke with the press Thursday morning and was questioned on the incident. While he was not able to offer any solutions, he did acknowledge that it was a disgusting act.
“That I can tell you is horrible. I’ve seen it, last night,” Trump said. “It doesn’t get worse, as far as I’m concerned.”
Since the incident occurred there has been an outpour of support for Smollett across the nation and the Internet. The Chicago Police have yet to apprehend the offenders but did release an image of two persons of interest who were present in the area near the time of the attack.
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Smollett has yet to issue a statement since the attack, however, castmates of Empire have spoken out in support of him, most notably Terrence Howard who made a visit to Good morning America after the attack occurred. You can watch President Trump address the issue from the Oval Office below.