Fox Nation 'He Used Racism as a Tool for His Own Benefit': Caldwell on Ramifications of Smollett Case
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Fox News political analyst and Chicago native Gianno Caldwell joined Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox Nation's "Liberty File" to share insight on the fallout from the Jussie Smollett case.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has come under fire after her office decided to dismiss charges against the "Empire" star stemming from his alleged hate crime hoax.
The charges were filed after police said their investigation revealed Smollett staged what he claimed was a racist homophobic attack against him in January in downtown Chicago.
After intense public backlash -- including calls for the FBI and Justice Department to investigate -- Foxx said last week that she is open to an outside probe.
The Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago on Monday protested outside Foxx's office, while Rev. Jesse Jackson and local leaders held a rally in support of the embattled prosecutor.
"I really believe that we in America are sitting on a powder keg politically. I think we're one big racial event away from having something that looks like a Charlottesville," Caldwell said.
He pointed out that a noose was part of the alleged hate crime hoax, and he accused Smollett of using racially-charged imagery to get an emotional response from African-Americans.
"He used racism as a tool for his own benefit," Caldwell said. "This has ramifications that endanger people."
He explained that people could be less likely to believe individuals who allege hate crimes in the future.
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