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Rep. Ilhan Omar, 1 of 50 Muslims elected to political office in 2018, declares ‘This is not going to be the country of white people’

On April 30, 2019, at the “Black Women in defense of Ilhan Omar” event in Washington, DC, organized by Black Lives Matter, communist Angela Davis, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), 37, the bigamist who married her brother, said:

“The occupant of the White House…and his allies are doing everything that they can to distance themselves and misinform the public from the monsters that they created that is terrorizing the Jewish community and the Muslim community. This is not going to be the country of the xenophobics. This is not going to be the country of white people. This is not going to be the country of the few. This is going to be the country of the many.”

Source: Newsweek

Ilhan Omar is just the tip of the iceberg.

Below is a list of Muslims who won political office in 2018, the vast majority of whom are Democrats (source: The Washington Standard):

Federal

  1. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D), MI 13th Congressional District
  2. Keith Ellison (D), MN Attorney General
  3. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D), MN 5th Congressional District
  4. Rep Andre Carson (D), IN 7th Congressional District

State

  1. Sheikh Rahman (D), GA State Senate District 5
  2. Safiya Wazir (D), NH State House Merrimack 17 District
  3. Robert Jackson (D), NY State Senate District 31
  4. Nasif Majeed (D), NC State House District 99
  5. Mujtaba Mohammed (D), NC State Senate District 38
  6. Mohamud Noor (D), MN State House District 60B
  7. Jason Dawkins (D), PA State House District 179
  8. Hodan Hassan (D), MN State House District 62A
  9. Charles Fall (D), NY State House District 61
  10. Ako Abdul-Samad (D), IA State House District 35
  11. Aboul Khan (R), NH State House Rockingham 20 District
  12. Abdullah Hammoud (D), MI State House District 15
  13. Abbas Akhil (D), NM State House District

County

  1. Sam Baydoun (D), MI Wayne County Commission District 13
  2. Sadia Gul Covert (D), IL Dupage County Board District 5
  3. Sabina Taj, MD Howard County Board of Education
  4. Mohammad Ramadan, NJ Passaic County Board of Education
  5. Cheryl Sudduth, CA West County Wastewater District Director
  6. Babur Lateef, VA Prince William County School Board
  7. Assad Akhter (D), NJ Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  8. Abdul “Al” Haidous (D), MI Wayne County Commission District 11

Municipal

  1. Salman Bhojani, TX Euless City Council Place 6
  2. Dawn Haynes, NJ Newark Public Schools School Board
  3. Yasir Khogali, MI City of Plymouth District Library Board
  4. Mohamed Khairullah, NJ Prospect Park Mayor
  5. Mohamed Al-Hamdani, OH Dayton Public Schools Board of Education
  6. Mo Seifeldein, VA Alexandria City Council
  7. Maimona Afzal Berta, CA Franklin-McKinley School Board
  8. Jihan Aiyash, MI Hamtramck Public School Board
  9. Javed Ellahie, CA Monte Sereno City Council
  10. Hazim Yassin, NJ Red Bank City Council
  11. Haseeb Javed, VA Manassas Park City Council
  12. Farrah Khan, CA Irvine City Council
  13. Ali Taj, CA Artesia City Council
  14. Alaa Matari, NJ Prospect Park Borough Council
  15. Alaa “Al” Abdel-Aziz, NJ Paterson City Council Ward 6
  16. Aisha Wahab, CA Hayward City Council
  17. Ahmad Zahra, CA Fullerton City Council District 5
  18. Salim Patel, NJ Passaic City Council
  19. Sabina Zafar, CA San Ramon City Council

Judiciary

  1. Shahabuddeen Ally, NYC Civil Court, NY County
  2. Sam Salamey, MI District Courts, District 19
  3. Rabeea Collier, TX District Courts, 113th District
  4. Halim Dhanidina, CA Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Three
  5. George Abdallah Jr., CA Superior Court of San Joaquin County, Office 12
  6. Adel A. Harb, MI Wayne County Circuit Court

Deplorable Kel formulated a list of Muslims-in-political-office by state.

California 

  1. Cheryl Sudduth – West County Wastewater District Director
  2. George Abdallah Jr. – Superior Court of San Joaquin County, Office 12
  3. Halim Dhanidina – Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Three
  4. Maimona Afzal Berta – Franklin-McKinley Board of Education
  5. Javed Ellahie – Monte Sereno City Council
  6. Al Jabbar – Anaheim Union High School District Board of Trustees
  7. Ahmad Zahra – Fullerton City Council District 5
  8. Aisha Wahab – Hayward City Council
  9. Ali Taj – Artesia City Council
  10. Farrah Khan – Irvine City Council
  11. Sabina Zafar – San Ramon City Council

Florida 

Amira Dajani Fox (R) – State Attorney

Georgia

Sheikh Rahman (D) – State Senate District 5

Illinois 

Sadia Gul Covert (D) – Dupage County Board District 5

Indiana

Andre Carson (D) – 7th Congressional District

Iowa

Ako Abdul-Samad (D) – State House District 35

Maryland 

Sabina Taj – Howard County Board of Education

Michigan

  1. Rashida Tlaib (D) – 13th Congressional District
  2. Abdullah Hammoud (D) – State House District 15
  3. Abdul “Al” Haidous (D) – Wayne County Commission District 11
  4. Sam Baydoun (D) – Wayne County Commission District 13
  5. Adel A. Harb – Wayne County Circuit Court
  6. Sam Salamey – District Courts, District 19

Minnesota

  1. Ilhan Omar (D) – 5th Congressional District
  2. Keith Ellison (D) – Attorney General
  3. Hodan Hassan (D) – State House District 62A
  4. Mohamud Noor (D) – State House District 60B
  5. Siad Ali (D) – District 3 member of the Minneapolis Board of Education

New Hampshire 

  1. Aboul Khan (R) – State House Rockingham 20 District
  2. Safiya Wazir (D) – State House Merrimack 17 District

New Jersey 

  1. Assad Akhter (D) – Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  2. Alaa “Al” Abdel-Aziz – Paterson City Council Ward 6
  3. Mohammad Ramadan – Passaic County Board of Education
  4. Alaa Matari – Prospect Park Borough Council
  5. Dawn Haynes – Newark Public Schools School Board
  6. Hazim Yassin – Red Bank City Council
  7. Mohamed Khairullah – Prospect Park Mayor
  8. Salim Patel – Passaic City Council

New Mexico 

Abbas Akhil (D) – State House District 20

New York

  1. Charles Fall (D) – State House District 61
  2. Robert Jackson (D) – State Senate District 3
  3. Shahabuddeen Ally – NYC Civil Court, NY County

North Carolina 

  1. Mujtaba Mohammed (D) – State Senate District 38
  2. Nasif Majeed (D) – State House District 99

Ohio

Mohamed Al-Hamdani – Dayton Public Schools Board of Education

Pennsylvania

Jason Dawkins (D) – State House District 179

Texas

  1. Rabeea Collier – District Courts, 113th District
  2. Salman Bhojani – Euless City Council Place 6

Virginia 

  1. Babur Lateef – Prince William County School Board
  2. Haseeb Javed – Manassas Park City Council
  3. Mo Seifeldein – Alexandria City Council

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Hillary 2.0: AOC fakes southern accent before black audience

Hillary Clinton did it, patronizing and pandering to black audiences by speaking in an entirely phony southern drawl.

Now, another Demonrat is also faking a southern accent before a black audience.

Yesterday, speaking at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in New York city, self-described socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who was a bartender when she was auditioned and recruited by the Demonrat Party, used a very bad southern accent that she never uses to tell an audience of predominately black people that there is nothing wrong with them serving other people in low skilled jobs. She said:

“I’m proud to be a bartender, ain’t nothin wrong with that. There’s nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy. There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat. There is nothing wrong with driving the buses that take your family to work.”

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Ryan Saavedra reports for The Daily Wire that AOC’s speech “immediately sparked outrage as many accused her of racism, noting that her accent while speaking to black people was similar to how two-time failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would speak to black people — which was widely condemned as racist.”

“African-American” Jamarcus Dove-Simmons (@Jamarcus_Dove) tweeted: “She trying too hard. The accent is so obvious ‘Ain’t nun wrong with dat’ Every African-American does not talk in this way. I guess you’re trying to ‘win the black vote.’ This ain’t it, @AOC”

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Whites beg forgiveness for their ‘privilege’ with new hashtag; man drops girlfriend ’cause she’s white

Idi Amin, the late dictator of Uganda who was said to be a cannibal, once mocked British imperialism by having four Britons carry him on a makeshift throne when he made himself President-for-Life. He called himself the “white man’s burden”. (The Telegraph)

Here’s a contemporary version of white man’s burden.

Carmine Sabia reports for The Federalist Papers that “social justice warriors” filled with white guilt have created the Twitter hashtag #MyWhitePrivilege to apologize for being white.

Below is a sample of apologetic #MyWhitePrivilege tweets:

#MyWhitePrivilege means most of my interactions with law enforcement are positive. I was was [sic] once pulled over for expired registration and the cop told me just to go get it renewed and send him proof that I did.” — Catherine Griwkowsky (@CGriwkowsky) March 30, 2019

#MyWhitePrivilege allows Francis Scott Key who said ‘Africans in America are a distinct and INFERIOR race’ to write the national anthem and the song is played everywhere and demand everyone to stand. Whereas if you kneel due to injustices as black people you will be shamed. pic.twitter.com/oQDOal0hzF” — Macadon (@Macadon_YT) March 30, 2019

“Idont [sic] get scared for my life everytime I get pulled over. I dont [sic] have to worry about something in my pocket getting mistaken for a gun. I have all my doctors believe me about my pain. I have been given a leg up in life for the color of my skin #MyWhitePrivilege” — kayla cox (@kaylaccox) March 30, 2019

#MyWhitePrivilege is that I am given the benefit of the doubt in a way my black sisters are not. Even when I am angry, I’m seen as cute and non-threatening. Sure there is a healthy dose of sexism in this, but it is a privilege to be considered non-threatening.” — Erika (@thatsdoctor2you) March 30, 2019

“I’m autistic. This guy assaulted me for hand flapping. He called it “an aggressive gesture”. I assaulted right back. I wasn’t shot. #MyWhitePrivilege pic.twitter.com/UcTa8iWE55” — Randy Germain (@ElBrutoBastardo) March 30, 2019

“When you’re born with privilege, equality can feel like oppression. To everybody complaining about the hashtag, read other peoples experiences and learn something instead of always trying to start a fight. #MyWhitePrivilege” — Bobbie Dodds (@BobbieDodds) March 30, 2019

Christopher Rivas, a Latino who calls himself a storyteller and actor, actually broke up with his girlfriend because she is white.

Rivas wrote in his op/ed, “I Broke Up With Her Because She’s White,” New York Times, March 29, 2019:

O.K., let me just get to it. I think I broke up with my last girlfriend because she’s white. Actually, no, I definitely broke up with her because she’s white….

It’s been a year since I broke up with my girlfriend, and I haven’t told her the real reason. I talked around it, mumbling about how I was trying to figure out who I was or whatever. She didn’t understand. I’m not sure I do either. There was nothing wrong with her at all.

I don’t really know what my tipping point was. It just kind of happened. At 30, I woke up one day, took a deep breath, looked at her and thought, “I don’t think I can date white women anymore.”

Maybe I wouldn’t have broken up with her if it hadn’t been for all the judgment coming my way. Over the years I have dated brown women and black women, but mostly white women. I hadn’t thought about why that was, but when some brown and black people in my community started giving me a hard time about dating white women, I sensed they’d be happier if I stopped….

But the real reason I think I can no longer date white women isn’t any of that. It’s because in today’s hashtag-woke society, there is mad pressure to be hashtag-woke. To be aware of the implications of whom you’re attracted to and why. Which means that in the eyes of others, the color of the women I date is a big deal. Like I’m the problem. Like I’m betraying my people if I date white women.

But I was taught that we were all one people!

I see people watching me with a stink eye, noses turned up, as if they think black and brown people would somehow be better off if I dumped my white girlfriend. It’s a lot of pressure. Along with each watchful eye, the whispers of, “Pick a side, Chris, pick a side,” fill my already noisy mind….

How did we get here? If everyone is so woke, why are things so terrible? Maybe everyone isn’t so woke. Anyway, what am I supposed to do? How do I love as a brown body in the world in a way that makes everybody happy? I fell for a white woman and she fell for me — simple as that — yet I feel as if I’m doing the wrong thing by dating her.

Am I the problem or is everyone else? Do white women find me attractive or do they see me as some exotic idea they should find attractive? Do I find white women attractive or do I see them as some exotic idea I should find attractive? Do I even know whom I’m attracted to or why?….

So here I stand, trying to be woke, and not dating white women, and feeling kind of bad about that. Because I’m definitely dating, and thinking that the decision to no longer date white women might not be my own, that any decision to choose a side doesn’t help the whole hashtag-woke thing because how do we solve anything if we just separate and isolate? And also, I mean, a lot of white women are really cool.

Obviously white women are cool. All women are cool….

Anyway, this is me yearning, praying, journaling, writing, dialoguing, putting up a one-man show, wishing, trying to pick a side, wondering how to choose myself and trying to wrap my head around this, hoping that I’m doing woke right, because something just doesn’t feel right.

The #MyWhitePrivilege white-guilt hashtag got some pushbacks. Here’s a sample:

#MyWhitePrivilege is me entering the wrong class room, leaving 60 seconds later, and having the cops called on me cause someone thought I was a school shooter. Yes, this happened” – ☠ ????? ? #???? ?????????? (@Floorcina) March 30, 2019

“Asians have the highest income in the USA, but liberals are so dumb they don’t understand facts so they got #MyWhitePrivilege trending trying to perpetuate their hoax that America is a horrible and racist place that always keeps minorities down.” — Mark Dice (@MarkDice) March 30, 2019

“I can destroy the #MyWhitePrivilege myth with two words: Jussie Smollett. Can’t believe this is trending. Nice way to continue dividing our country, SJWs.” — JosiahRises (@JosiahRises) March 30, 2019

“why on God’s green Earth is #MyWhitePrivilege trending? What the Hell is wrong with you @Twitter? Why are you constantly leading the charge to divide us? Sick.. truly sick. There is no such thing as White privilege. It’s a made up concept by the left to separate us.” — Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) March 30, 2019

#MyWhitePrivilege doesn’t exist. Ask Jussie Smollett.” — Cloyd Rivers Pics (@CloydRiversPics) March 30, 2019

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Johns Hopkins professor Zackary Berger is an anti-white racist

Zackary Dov Berger, M.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins.

Berger is also a rabid anti-Trumper and anti-white racist.

Below are some of Berger’s tweets (click here for his Twitter feed):

“Water is wet / Tuberculosis is bad / Fried chicken is tasty / Trump is a white supremacist” – 9/13/17

“BREAKING / White people keep voting wrong.” -11/8/17

“At this moment, I know where all my children are. No one is trying to kidnap or shoot or arrest them. White privilege, USA” -5/27/18

“I mean, white people are fucking stupid. Isn’t that what she said? I guess I’m going to have to read the Times again b/c she seems to be truthtelling.” -8/2/18

“More chain migrants, less white people, please.”  -10/16/18

“I’m sick of this government. I’m sick of the torturers and cruel zealots. I’m sick of the white supremacists.”

“Again, racism and white supremacy are part of our history. Ignoring them won’t make them go away. Perhaps not electing them might help.”

“Pretty psyched that my amazing Jewish partner married me even though I’m Jewish. Thank God I’m blond.” -4/2/18

Source of above image: Voat

If a white guy were to say those hateful things about Jews, it would be all over the news and we would never hear the end of it. So why is it okay for this Jewish medical doctor and professor to say hateful things about “whites”?

More recently, on March 28, 2019:

  • Berger did not deny or disavow the above composite of some of his anti-white racist tweets, but doubled down instead. Responding to a tweeter who said Berger’s racist tweets “did not age well,” Berger replied: “Nah, these are all good.”
  • Berger called Ben Shapiro one of the #TrumpJews.
  • Berger retweeted Rhea Boyd, MD, an “African American” pediatrician practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area who maintains “white supremacists” hold sway over medicine and science:

“The answer is white supremacy, a foundational value in US society from which medicine is not immune. It is used to invalidate the expertise of non-whites and demand ‘evidence’ of their claims. But our evidence will never be sufficient in a field predicated on our inferiority.” “The solution then is to expose, name, and end white supremacy, in its every manifestation in medicine. Doing so will literally change what is considered science and who are considered scientists.” -3/28/19

It is profoundly disturbing that medical doctors like Berger and Rhea Boyd politicize medicine and science, calling for the elimination of “white supremacists” from those fields, which would then result in the remaking (“literally change”) of “what is considered science” — whatever that means.

Can you imagine Berger or Boyd being your physician, who practice medicine that they believe to be fundamentally warped because of “white supremacy”? Can you imagine pediatrician Rhea Boyd treating your children?

Johns Hopkins must be so proud to have this rank racist, Zakary Berger, as a professor.

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Eric Holder: “MAGA is inconsistent with who we are as Americans”

See the whole interview with Holder here.

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Street artist Sabo takes aim at anti-Semitic rep. Ilhan Omar

Rep. Omar was in Los Angeles last night fundraising for CAIR. From their announcement:

“Annual Valley Banquet, Advancing Justice, Empowering Valley Muslims. CAIR-LA is honored to have Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as the featured speaker for the 4th Annual Valley Banquet.”

The event was sold out.

Sabo took the opportunity to do what he does best:

I think this is one of Sabo’s best pieces yet!

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Video that big tech is censoring: Another day in Trump’s America

The man who did this video, Paul Martinez, says that YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are censoring his video. It did take me some time to find it, and others noted this on YouTube as well. Cowards…

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Black advocacy groups want a “civil rights audit” of CNN

Al Sharpton approved.

From Hollywood Reporter: CNN is facing calls to diversify its executive ranks from two prominent organizations that advocate for African-Americans, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Association of Black Journalists.

The broadside began on Tuesday, when the NABJ blasted the network, saying it is “concerned about the lack of black representation within the ranks of CNN’s executive news managers and direct reports to CNN president Jeff Zucker.”

The organization, which pointed out that CNN has no black executive producers, called for a “civil rights audit” of the network. After a late January meeting was canceled, it pushed again for a meeting with CNN’s leadership, which is unwilling to meet with the NABJ if one of its top officers, Roland Martin, is present. Martin, who serves as vp digital for the NABJ, has a contentious history with CNN, his former employer, and has been critical of the network.

“We have made it abundantly clear that we would be more than happy to sit down with the rest of their leadership team as soon as possible, and that offer still stands,” CNN said Tuesday in a statement. (A spokesperson would not comment for this story.)

But, the NABJ is not budging. “We ain’t meeting unless I’m in the room,” Martin said on his digital show, #Roland Martin Unfiltered.

The NAACP joined the fray on Wednesday night, criticizing CNN and Zucker. “CNN’s lack of black representation in leadership roles is troubling and another example of the media industry’s reluctance to address an issue that continues to plague newsrooms across the country,” the organization said. “NAACP finds it offensive that CNN president Jeff Zucker refuses to address this issue.”

CNN leadership is said to internally echo a commitment to hiring more diverse employees, including executives, but did not address the company’s diversity goals in the released statement. “The relationship between CNN and NABJ is very important to us,” the network said Tuesday. “As we have told them many times, we look forward to a thoughtful discussion about how both of our organizations can continue to work together.”

The organization joined the NABJ in asking CNN parent company WarnerMedia to “conduct a diversity and inclusion audit of all its news divisions.”

More advocacy organizations are expected to issue statements criticizing CNN’s executive-level diversity and unwillingness to unconditionally meet with the NABJ, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Barring a meeting with CNN leadership, the NABJ is pushing for a meeting with the network’s owner, AT&T, and CEO Randall Stephenson.

“It’s vital to point out that not once has CNN disputed anything in the NABJ letter when it comes to their lack of black executives,” a person involved in the effort said. “Their deflection to a personal issue hasn’t gone unnoticed by black staffers at CNN and NABJ members.”

The NABJ has recently met separately with the leadership of Fox News and CBS News, including executives Suzanne Scott and Susan Zirinsky, and has a meeting scheduled for next week with ABC News.

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Manufactured controversy: Actor Will Smith not black enough to portray Serena William’s father in a movie

Williams (l) and Will Smith (r)

Libtard/SJW butt hurt knows no boundaries…

From Yahoo (via Oprah magazine): Will Smith has reportedly signed on to portray Richard Williams, 77-the father of Venus and Serena Williams-in an upcoming biopic titled King Richard. But despite Smith’s incredible range as an actor, the recent casting news has been met online with an unusual combination of praise, derision, and plain outrage from fans.

The controversy doesn’t have anything to do with the 50-year-old star not having a background in tennis, his athletic ability, or lack thereof. Instead, many are questioning whether Smith’s skin tone, as an African-American man, is dark enough to play the father to Serena, 37, and Venus Williams, 38.

On Monday, Deadline announced that Smith was in talks to take on the Williams family’s patriarchal role.

Williams is a Tennis Association Hall of Fame inductee who, in spite of his unfamiliarity with tennis and shortcomings growing up poor in Shreveport, Louisiana, helped mold his two daughters into the Grand Slam champions they are today. He’s also the accomplished author of the 2017 memoir, Black and White: The Way I See It, which could serve as the source material for the King Richard biographical film.

Neither Smith nor the Williams family have yet to confirm the casting, but fans have been vocal that the part should go to an actor with a darker complexion closer to Williams’, such as Idris Elba or Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali.

Smith’s ties to this potential starring role have stirred up the ongoing conversation about colorism in Hollywood.

Not to be confused with racism, colorism refers to discrimination based on an individual’s skin tone.

Or, as TIME reported about an inscription that beloved author Alice Walker once wrote in her 1983 novel, In Search of our Mothers’ Gardens, colorism is “prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color.”

But colorism isn’t just an omnipresent threat that exists solely in corporate America, the Black community, or Hollywood. The roots of racial discrimination and colorism date back to slavery, when light-skinned slaves were often reduced to domestic chores inside their slaveowner’s home, as opposed to those of a darker complexion who were forced to work outside in the fields.

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Robin Roberts on her interview with liar Jussie Smollet: “It was a no-win situation”

Smollett’s narrative was questionable from the start: Two white “rednecks” out in Chiraq at 2:00 am during freezing temperatures screaming, “This is MAGA country!”

Yeah, riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

From Hollywood Reporter: Robin Roberts on Monday revealed that she saw “red flags” in Jussie Smollett’s story and was subsequently hesitant about interviewing the Empire star on ABC’s Good Morning America. The sit-down, which aired Feb. 14, was Smollett’s first televised interview since his alleged hate crime attack and was broadcast one week before Smollett would go on to be charged with federal disorderly conduct for falsifying a police report.

The GMA anchor took a moment during her solo panel at The Cut’s first daylong “How I Get It Done” event to share details about the high-profile interview, including the details of how the ABC get unfolded and whether she believed Smollett during the process.

“All I wanted was to get to the truth,” Roberts told the intimate crowd, including The Hollywood Reporter, that had gathered at 1 Hotel Brooklyn. “All I wanted was to give the truth.”

While discussing details of the interview, which was shot two days prior to its airing, Roberts explained that the GMA booking department had initially reached out to her about sitting down with Smollett. Talks about the possible interview began shortly after the Empire star claimed he was attacked on a Chicago street in late January.

It was in those early internal conversations where Roberts first voiced her reluctance. “I’ll be completely honest, I said, ‘I don’t know if I’m going to do the interview or not,'” she said. “Let’s just wait and see, let’s see if more information comes in.”

There was rising speculation over Smollett’s account at the time, but it wasn’t until hours after the interview aired that a report hit that brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo (who are now witnesses in the Chicago Police Department’s case) were allegedly paid by Smollett to stage the attack. The narrative around Smollett began to significantly shift, but the interview was already locked.

Roberts pointed to comments made by Smollett during a Los Angeles concert in the days following his alleged attack as another key moment where she questioned speaking with the actor. She was adamant that interviewing Smollett made “no sense” if he was just going to “lawyer up” or refuse to be candid.

Roberts clarified to THR that her decision to talk with Smollett was contingent upon him sharing details that hadn’t been previously reported, which would make the interview newsworthy. “If there wasn’t going to be anything new, I didn’t really want to do it,” she said.

It was after those internal GMA conversations that Smollett reached out, “outraged by people making assumptions about whether it happened or not,” Roberts told THR and the crowd. According to the GMA anchor, Smollett’s team said that the actor was OK with being challenged on what Roberts saw as “red flags,” but that he’d also say things he hadn’t already said elsewhere.

“I’m like — as a journalist and as a newsperson, this is his right,” Roberts said. “He’s going on the record for the first time. Yes, I’ll do the interview.”

Roberts noted that her GMA team went through the police report and conducted other research to prepare for the interview, which was originally set for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, but was ultimately pushed back several hours due to the actor’s filming schedule. Roberts admitted during the panel that she wasn’t sure how it was going to go or how Smollett was going to react, but that she consciously worked to be as neutral as possible. She also was aware of her own identity as a gay black woman and how reporting on Smollett, a gay black man, might be perceived.

“He’s saying that it was a hate crime,” Roberts said. “So if I’m too hard on him, then people in my LGBTQ community are going, ‘Oh, you don’t believe him.’ If I’m too light on him, then it’s like, ‘Oh, because you are in the community, you’re giving him a pass.’ So it was, like, it was a no-win situation for me.

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