Deny, deny, deny

Of course conservatives are calling Jussie Smollett a liar and his attempted lynching #fakenews

Jussie Smollett and an angry group of people

Well, that didn’t take long. Right wing nuts are already finding ways to discredit yesterday’s racist and homophobic attack against Jussie Smollett.

Smollett was reportedly attacked by two white men wearing ski masks who shouted, “Aren’t you that f*ggot ‘Empire’ n*gger?” before pouncing on him, breaking his rib, sliding a noose around his neck, dousing him in bleach, and screaming “This is MAGA country!” then fleeing the scene.

Related: Jussie Smollet attacked by homophobes who tied a noose around his neck and doused him in bleach

In an article headlined “Shifting Stories Cloud Claims of Alleged Hate Crime Attack Targeting ‘Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollett”, Patrick Poole over at PJ Media claims “conflicting versions of the incident” have “raised questions about what actually happened”.

The “conflicting version of the incident” he is referring to is the fact that Smollett didn’t mention the fact that the attackers shouted “This is MAGA country!” until his second police interview.

Naturally, Poole suggests, this means the whole thing must be a lie. It couldn’t possibly be that Smollett didn’t mention the MAGA remarks in his first police interview because, oh, I dunno, he had just been attacked, was in shock, and was still processing what happened.

Poole also says police haven’t found any video of the alleged assailants, which must also mean the whole thing is a fabrication, because, as everyone knows… PICS OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN! And he notes that a screenshot of Smollett in the hospital was posted online by Empire creator Lee Danels but has since been removed, which is also apparently suspect.

Related: Twitter rips into Kevin Hart and D.L. Hughley for their remarks on Jussie Smollett’s attack

Meanwhile, over a Breitbart, Joel B. Pollak points a finger at the NAACP for “blaming President Trump” for the “alleged racist attack” and then goes out of his way to note that Smollett “drove himself to a nearby hospital.” The implication being that, since he wasn’t taken in an ambulance, his injuries must not have been that bad.

Then there’s Cristina Laila over at The Gateway Pundit who notes that it’s “freezing” in Chicago then pose the questions: “Why on earth would two white Trump supporters be hanging around in subfreezing temps with rope and bleach and just happen to run into a celebrity and recognize him at 2 AM in the streets of Chicago?”

Oh, let’s not forget about the trolls on Twitter…

This is all very rich coming from the same crowd that believed without a shadow of the a doubt the great Pizzagate conspiracy theory of 2016 that claimed Hillary Clinton and other high-ranking Democrats were running a child sex trafficking ring outside of a Washington, D.C. pizza shop.