At a press conference this weekend, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) came to the defense of Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx, the state’s attorney under fire for her handling of the Jussie Smollett hoax case. Rush pushed back on the obvious circumstances of the situation, those being that Foxx dismissed the case against Smollett due to either some ax she had to grind with the Chicago PD or in deference to some political favor or another. The exact reasons that Foxx chose not to prosecute Smollett remain shrouded in mystery, but there is no mystery about one thing: This was a corrupt decision that deprived the citizens of Chicago (in addition to the police) of the justice they deserved.
But that didn’t stop Rush from butting his nose into the situation with a hefty dose of race baiting nonsense that is especially embarrassing given the hoax that Smollett was accused of perpetrating.
“The [Fraternal Order of Police] is the sworn enemy of black people,” Rush declared. “The FOP has always taken the position that black people can be shot down in the street by members of the Chicago Police Department, and suffer no consequences.”
Rush offered no proof that this is the “position” taken by the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police. Nor did he find room to mention that the majority of black people shot down in the streets of Chicago are killed not but cops, but by other black people.
“Let’s be clear: Kim Foxx, her battle, is with the FOP and all of their cohorts,” Rush said.
Foxx herself spoke on Saturday, which also saw hundreds of protesters – some supporting the police and demanding an investigation, others counterprotesting – gather outside the state’s attorneys office.
“I have been asking myself for the last two weeks what is this really about,” Foxx said Saturday. “As someone who has lived in this city, who came up in the projects of this city to serve as the first African American woman in this role, it is disheartening to me…that when we get in these positions somehow the goalposts change.”
Handy rule of thumb: When one side starts making a situation all about racism and conspiratorial, shadowy threats, you know they don’t want people taking a closer look at the evidence. Our prediction, based solely on how Foxx and Rush spoke about this issue on Saturday, is that we are going to uncover a whole city’s worth of dirty corruption at the heart of Smollett’s get-out-of-jail-free card. Foxx is going to be looking for another job, and, hopefully, Rush will be shamed out of office for his race-baiting, cop-hating rhetoric.