Reckoning With the Jussie Smollett Verdict

The actor Jussie Smollett was convicted on Thursday night of lying to police about a hate crime that he says happened on the streets of Chicago in 2019. His story – always far-fetched – was nonetheless repeated and supported by some politicians and the press. Now that he’s been convicted, will there be any rethinking about how to respond to racially charged crimes? Also this week, President Joe Biden convened a summit for the world’s democracies, although some question how the guest list was assembled and whether the US should try to promote democratic ideals at all. And new polls reveal that Hispanics are moving toward the political center, which may mean headaches ahead for the Democratic Party. Tom Bevan, co-founder and president of RealClearPolitics, Carl Cannon, Washington Bureau Chief, and Phil Wegmann, White House Correspondent join Andrew Walworth on today’s RealClearPolitics Takeaway podcast.

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