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Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Defends Smollett Decision, Accuses Critics Of Colluding With ‘White Supremacists’

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx defended her office’s decision to drop 17 charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett and, alongside familiar Chicago community activists like Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), lashed out at her critics, at one point even suggesting her critics were “racist” and colluding with “white supremacists.”

The Fraternal Order of Police, Chicago’s largest police union, held a protest Friday, attracting dozens of Foxx’s detractors who demanded Foxx resign from office after a series of prosecutorial errors and bad decisions, culminating with the decision to allow Smollett to walk free despite what police say is ample evidence that Smollett organized a “hate crime” hoax against himself.

Saturday, Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH colition held a rally in support of Foxx. Speaking to a small crowd, Foxx defended her Smollett decision and implied that there were more sinister forces at work behind the collection of critics now questioning her fitness for office, according to Fox News.

“I have been asking myself for the last two weeks what is this really about,” Foxx told the rally. “As someone who has lived in this city [Chicago], who came up in the projects of this city to serve as the first African American woman in this role, it is disheartening to me … that when we get in these positions somehow the goalposts change.”

“I’m committed to serving my term and should the people have me continuing forward,” she added. “I stand with our partners in law enforcement every day. I have never, will never speak ill of our partners in this work.”

She, in fact, did not. But other speakers at her rally were less guarded.

Longtime Congressman Bobby Rush, who represents chunks of Chicago’s south side told the gathered crowd that “[t]he FOP is the sworn enemy of black people,” and that attacks on Foxx are racist, despite the police department being led by a black man, Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who has been among the most vocal Foxx critics.

Rush also claimed that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office is itself a “historically racist” institution, and that Chicagoans cannot abide the post being held by a woman of color, even though the previous state’s attorney was a hispanic woman.

Another speaker “community activist” Ja’Mal Green went even deeper with his criticism, calling a collection of suburban Cook County police chiefs who, Friday, sent an open letter to Foxx expressing “no confidence” in her leadership of the state’s attorney’s office that serves their jurisdictions, the “blue Klux Klan.”

A Chicago Sun-Times reporter captured the exchange.

Fox News reporter Matt Finn followed up on the comment, asking Foxx directly if she agreed with Green’s assessment that local police chiefs are, in fact, a group of abject racists. Foxx said nothing.

She did, however, add that the “racial issue” was injected by “white supremacists” who appeared at the Friday rally.

Pictures taken at the rally reportedly depict a handful of “Proud Boys” and members of the “American Guard.” One amateur photographer and self-described member of Antifa reported the presence of both groups on Twitter, and claims to have run into noted white supremacist Tom Christiensen, who is currently out on bail awaiting trial on a series of stabbings, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The rally, however, had dozens of attendees, and the Fraternal Order of Police, when asked about the presence of possible white supremacists at the rally, was reportedly confused and said they did not know who the “proud boys” were. It’s not clear — and unlikely — that any white supremacists took an active role in organizing the rally.

Despite Foxx’s claims, her critics have come from both sides of the political aisle and are not limited to the Fraternal Order of Police or suburban police chiefs. Last week, Retired Illinois Appellate Justice Sheila O’Brien penned an editorial for the Chicago Tribune calling on the courts to appoint a special investigator to delve into Foxx’s handling not only of Smollett’s case, but of several cases which Foxx’s office allowed violent offenders to skate off with lenient sentences.

Over the weekend, left-leaning Tribune columnist Eric Zorn also called on Foxx to admit her errors, signaling that even reliable Democrats within Chicago may be tiring of Foxx’s excuses. Incoming Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, herself a black woman, echoed outgoing mayor Rahm Emanuel’s criticism of Foxx, and suggested that the city should get to the bottom of the Smollett decision and that Foxx should be willing to answer questions.

Last week, Foxx said that she would submit to an independent investigation. It’s not immediately clear if her opinion on the matter has changed.

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