Jim “the Snark” Goad at Taki’s Magazine puts it this way:
“… everyone knows that feral white rednecks roam “ritzy” Chicago neighborhoods that are predominately black and gay in the middle of a polar-vortex night with nooses and bleach in hand and are such huge fans of TV shows about gay black singers that they were immediately able to recognize Smollett, a star of Fox TV’s Empire … “
They knew it was a crock but wished it to be true. Good enough.
At 2am in a neighborhood that a white man, let alone a white man in a MAGA cap, would stand out like a sore thumb. But no one saw any white men. Those people that refused to believe this farce at the very beginning weren’t racist, they just weren’t idiots.