Lisa Boothe said Tuesday she sees parallels between how the media covered "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's allegations and the story of the Covington (Ky.) High School students.

She said in both cases, there was a rush by some to run with the narrative that was "most damaging to President Trump and his supporters."

Boothe asked how 2020 Democrats will regain support from areas that turned from Obama to Trump in 2016 when they show "such disdain" for those who support the president.

Dagen McDowell said she believes Americans have "lost the ability to just shut up and listen and wait for facts to come out."



Chicago police said the investigation into Smollett's claims has shifted and sought to conduct a new interview with him. Smollett said he was attacked by masked men in Chicago on Jan. 29, claiming they shouted "this is MAGA country" and taunted him with racist and homophobic slurs.

The claims have since been called into question after police questioned two men in connection with the attack and released them without charges. The men were later identified as brothers who had a preexisting relationship with the actor, leading to allegations that Smollett orchestrated the attack. 

Attorneys for Smollett said Monday there were "no plans" for him to meet again with police. 

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