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People Who Make My Skin Crawl

Actor Jussie Smollett, Governor Chris Christie and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham all make my skin crawl.

Jussie Smollett has beat the rap and will not face prison time or have a record for filing a false police report pertaining to a concocted attack he planned and had executed. The Cook County prosecutor dropped all 16 counts against Smollet. His only punishment was two days of community service and the forfeiting his $10,000 bond. This action was taken in spite of the fact that the Illinois prosecutor believed that Smollett staged the racist and homophoic attack and was not innocent. “Our priority is violent crimes and the drivers of violence, Jussie Smollett is neither of those,” Joseph Magat told CBS News when asked why his office would abandon the case if he felt the actor was guilty.

Let me try to understand this: Though Smollett orchestrated and carried-out a hate crime against himself his slate was “wiped clean” and the “case was sealed by the court.” The following facts have not been refuted. Smollett told the two brothers who attacked him what to wear, what props to use and what racial and anti-gay epithets to utter during his attack.

The decision to let Smolett off scot free was termed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a “whitewash of justice.” It is worse – it is infuriating travesty of justice. You can’t perpetrate a crime against yourself, lie about it to garner sympathy and than be exonerated because no one was harmed physically other than you. Do we just forget about the cost of the month long investigation in a city with an astronomical murder rate?

The man hours wasted on the case could have been put to better use fighting real crimes. And what about the possibility that the police in Chicago and other places will be less willing in the future to investigate legitimate hate crimes? The dismissed prosecution by the Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx needs to be scrutinized. Something isn’t kosher.

There is a clear warning in the Smollett case to the media and the plethora of Democratic candidates vying for the 2020 Presidential nomination. Look before you leap. Two candidates acted much too quickly on the Smollett claim of attack. Sen. Kamal Harris, Calfornia, and Sen. Cory Booker, New Jersey, both called it an “attempted modern-day lynching.” Both need to be much more deliberate in the future before speaking-out on issues. There is something to be said about getting out in-front of an issue, but you don’t want to rush to judgment before securing all the facts.

Chris Christie will say anything and do anything to get ahead including be the handmaiden of Donald Trump. There is an early section of his new book entitled Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon New Jersey and the power of in-your-face politics, that says it all. Christie describes being sat down by Steve Bannon and told he was fired as head of the Trump Transition Committee. Here’s the way it went down: “I wasn’t being fired, I was being eliminated. Vaporized.” And to add insult to injury he was told by Bannon that “We expect you to comply.”

Over and over again Governor Christie was treated in a disrespectful manner by his friend of 15 years, Donald Trump, and each time he took it and came back for more. Imagine how different things might be today if Elliot Richardson had not been the Attorney General when Nixon was President. Do you really think that Chris Christie or the next politician on my skin crawl list – Lindsey Graham – would have resigned rather than obeying President Nixon’s order to fire special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox? They would have caved like a two dollar suit and the Saturday Night Massacre would never have occurred.

Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) must be rolling over in his grave at how far Senator Lindsey Graham a.k.a. the “little Jerk” (McCain’s affectionate nickname for Graham) has been willing to go to ensure that President Trump doesn’t get behind a Tea Party Republican to challenge Graham in the South Carolina primary in 2020 for his fourth term.

There has been almost universal outrage, even among the President’s most loyal supporters, over President Trump’s latest series of disparaging remarks about the late Sen. John McCain and his complaint that “he didn’t get a thank you” for approving McCain’s funeral arrangements. The only thing the President personally authorized was the use Air Force 2 to fly McCain’s body from Arizona to Washington, DC, where the funeral took place. Clearly this is not the same thing as approving the entire funeral, but that’s classic Trump being untruthful.

It has been laughable to watch Graham quickly contort himself from initially being an outspoken critic of candidate Trump, calling him every name in the book (“kook.” “crazy,” and “unfit for office”) to becoming one of the president’s staunch allies and one of his most outspoken apologists. The new sickening sycophant’s relationship was evident in an interview Graham had with The New York Times before the President delivered his State of the Union Address. Graham was euphoric over the attention he received from the President when he called him prior to the address to get his input as to whether he should “go conciliatory or to-hell-with-it?” “I have never been called this much by a president in my life. It’s weird, and it’s flattering.”

Lindsey Graham has been exposed for what he is – a pandering political opportunist who will do whatever it takes to avoid a primary and retain his senate seat and remain in his own words “relevant”. Henceforth whenever I think of “political expediency,” Lindsey Graham’s name will be the first person I think of.