Kamala Harris blasted for initially calling Smollett hoax “an attempted modern day lynching”

Newly announced Biden running mate Kamala Harris is getting blasted on social media for her previous comments on disgraced actor and singer Jussie Smollett.

In a January 29,2019 tweet that as of today she has still not deleted, Harris commented on the Smollett case by tweeting:

.@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery. This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.

One Twitter user shared a photo of Kamala Harris at a “Time’s Up” event together with Smollett and asked “Will Kamala Harris pardon Jussie Smollett if she wins?”

After new developments came out making the hoax obvious, Harris backtracked, posting on Facebook February 21, 2019:

Like most of you, I’ve seen the reports about Jussie Smollett, and I’m sad, frustrated, and disappointed. When anyone makes false claims to police, it not only diverts resources away from serious investigations but it makes it more difficult for other victims of crime to come forward. At the same time, we must speak the truth: hate crimes are on the rise in America. Just last year, the FBI released statistics that revealed a 17 percent increase in the number of hate crimes in America. Part of the tragedy of this situation is that it distracts from that truth, and has been seized by some who would like to dismiss and downplay the very real problems that we must address. We should not allow that. I will always condemn racism and homophobia. We must always confront hate directly, and we must always seek justice. That is what I will keep fighting for.