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The Daily BeastFeb 21, 2019
Stephen Colbert Slams Trump's ‘Silence' on Coast Guard Terrorist Christopher Hasson
CBS"What about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!?" President Donald Trump tweeted at actor Jussie Smollett on Thursday. He had nothing to say, however, about the self-described "white nationalist" Coast Guard officer who was arrested by the FBI for plotting an attack on Democrats and members of the media.

Stephen Colbert took note during his Late Show monologue Thursday night, beginning with a few jokes about Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson's massive cache of weapons and ammunitions that was seized by authorities.

"Who says men don't like Marie Kondo?" the host asked. "This grenade sparks joy in me. It also sparks a fire, because it is an incendiary grenade." Later, after mentioning that Hasson had been a "skinhead" for more than 30 years, Colbert joked, "He is close to skinhead retirement. Soon he can cash in his 401KKK."

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The Daily BeastFeb 21, 2019
The Right's Empty Rage Against Jussie Smollett and Loud Silence on Coast Guard Terrorist Christopher Paul Hasson
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIf indeed Empire star Jussie Smollett has financed and staged a fake hate crime against himself, we should all be angry with him. And no one deserves to be angrier about what he's allegedly done more than progressive people of color, people in the LGBTQ community, Muslims, really any group of people who feel increasingly unsafe in the era of Trump.

After all, he has single-handedly given the far right a cudgel to beat down our righteousness, and the reality that the kind of violence Smollett is said to have simulated is something many of us live with every day.

Right-wing pundits have been all too happy to promote this story, to shame celebrities like Cardi B and politicians like Sen. Kamala Harris for having the audacity in this post-#MeToo world to believe a purported victim's story. Even the president of the United States—himself a Hall of Famer when it comes to trafficking in victimhood—has weighed in, tweeting this morning: "@JussieSmollett - what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA."

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