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Rahm: Only Reason Smollett Thought He Could Fake a Hate Crime Is ‘the Toxic Environment Trump Created’

‘This is a president who drew a moral equivalency between people who are trying to perpetuate bigotry and those who are trying to fight bigotry’

EXCERPT:

RAHM: "Look, I've always said since day one that this is a Trump-free zone, the city of Chicago and I mean it. Let me be clear about something. The only reason Jussie Smollett thought he could take advantage of a hoax about a hate crime is because of the environment, the toxic environment that Donald Trump created. This is a president who drew a moral equivalency between people who are trying to perpetuate bigotry and those who are trying to fight bigotry. As somebody who has started his own journey in politics fighting the neo-Nazis in Skokie and then down to Marquette Park, President Trump should literally take his politics, move it aside. He's created a toxic environment and now he's created a toxic, vicious cycle in my view. The only reason Jussie Smollett thought he could get away with this hoax about a hate crime is because of the environment President Trump created. When you go back to Virginia, this is a person who said, and I quote, 'There are good people on both sides.' Well, let me break the news to the President. There are not good people on both sides, people who perpetuate, advance the causes of hate. I says this as a Jewish American who knows what that means. My recommendation to the President: Go to the opening day baseball, sit on the sideline, stay out of this. You created a toxic environment.”

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