The actor and singer’s attackers allegedly screamed “this MAGA country.”
Donald Trump has condemned Jussie Smollett‘s attackers. The former Celebrity Apprentice host addressed the incident while discussing trade and another potential government shutdown at the White House on Thursday.
“That I can tell you is horrible,” Trump said when asked about the attack according to Deadline. “It doesn’t get worse.”
The response comes after Chicago police have identified potential persons of interest in regards to Smollett’s assault.
Chicago police released photos late Wednesday, with the pictures showing two silhouettes walking down a street late Tuesday morning according to ABC7 Chicago.
“Obviously the alleged statement of what happened here is horrific and there’s no place for it in the city of Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said during a Wednesday evening press briefing.
Following the incident, a neighbor of Smollett’s claimed that she saw a “redneck” loitering near the complex she and Smollett live at before the attack took place. Speaking to TMZ, the unidentified woman said she saw a man pacing back-and-forth between the parking garage and the entrance.
She also described what he was wearing, saying he had on a blue winter beanie, a blue zip-up hoodie sweatshirt, too-short blue jeans that exposed his “thick, grey hunting socks,” and camel-colored dress shoes.
The woman also noted that the man had a blue and white rope or clothesline hanging from his sweatshirt. Smollett claimed he was attacked with a noose.