Gianno Caldwell Slams Jussie Smollett, Says He Betrayed the 'Conscience of Our Country'
Prosecutors drop charges against 'Empire' actor.
Following prosecutors' shocking decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett, Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell slammed the "Empire" actor for committing a "betrayal of the conscience of our country" with his alleged hate crime hoax.
In a shocking announcement Tuesday morning, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said it will not be prosecuting Smollett, who was previously accused of fabricating a hate crime in Chicago in order to boost his career.
Smollett previously pleaded "not guilty" to 16 counts of disorderly conduct stemming from the alleged incident in which he claimed two men beat him, poured bleach on him and placed a noose around his neck before yelling, "This is MAGA country."
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson blasted prosecutors' decision and stood by the investigation that concluded Smollett staged a hoax. A visibly angry Emanuel called it “a whitewash of justice." Smollett, meantime, has maintained his innocence.
On "Fox News @ Night" Tuesday, Caldwell, a Chicago native, slammed Smollett for using America's dark history of slavery and racism for his own personal gain.
"He was looking to manipulate the emotions of African-Americans across this country, he was looking to ratchet up the vitriol of white Americans and black Americans against each other, no matter what the political party is," Caldwell said.
He argued that Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx -- who recused herself from the investigation after receiving a text from a relative of Smollett -- "aided and abetted" this miscarriage of justice, and she should be investigated at the federal level.
"MLK said something that was very important: injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. And this case was a complete and total betrayal of justice."
Watch the "Fox News @ Night" segment above.