We all knew it was just a matter of time, but Ann Coulter is finally cashing in on the Jussie Smollett story.
This Thursday in a dramatic turn of events, the Empire star was arrested on suspicion of filing a false police report saying that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.
After the news broke this morning, Coulter took to Twitter and used the occasion to undermine all victims of hate crimes.
“Alright, this particular hate crime turned out to be a hoax, but let’s remember, ALL OF THEM are hoaxes,” she tweeted.
Alright, this particular hate crime turned out to be a hoax, but let's remember, ALL OF THEM are hoaxes. #Smollett
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) February 21, 2019
According to Chicago Police, Smollett paid two Nigerian brothers to stage an attack on him in an effort to boost his salary on Empire.
Yesterday, Smollett was charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. Today after his arrest, he was released on #100,000 bail. He faces up to 3 years on prison.
According to the data, when it comes to hate crimes, hoaxes are extremely rare. Between 2016 and 2019, there were about 21,000 hate crimes in the U.S., with just 0.2% being falsely reported.
Hate crimes have risen sharply in the last four years with black people being the primary targets. The rise is in tandem with the rise in hate groups which occurred in the same period.
Like the obsession with fake rape allegations, the one with fake hate crimes has the same result: discrediting the victims. It made sense to take Smollett’s words at face value, even though those who did might be proven wrong this one time.
It’s simple statistics: The chance of a hate crime being real is exponentially higher—99.8% vs. 0.2%, according to Levin’s data—than it being a hoax.
But don’t tell that to Ann Coulter. She’s banking on the fact that the truth doesn’t matter anymore.
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