A massive outcry for justice rose out of Jussie Smollett’s attack by “MAGA supporters.” The incident is currently under investigation as a hate crime as the details of the case point to homophobia and racism being part of the assailants’ intentions. While the story develops and makes rounds in updated headlines, Azealia Banks comments on how the public’s response to the violence may be a tool wielded by the DNC.


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“Sorry…this is all promotion for the next season of empire/propaganda to make sure black for the DNC next go round,” she wrote in her IG Stories, “Loads of black people didn’t vote at all in the 2016 election which worked in Trump’s favor.” The foundation of her claim is supported by 2016 election statistics. Voxreported: “The black voter turnout rate declined for the first time in 20 years in a presidential election, falling to 59.6% in 2016 after reaching a record-high 66.6% in 2012.”

The rest of her claims past the initial premise are conjecture that complements the right-wing perception of leftists’ sensibilities. Banks views Smollett’s call for his community to be “Gayer and Blacker” and the diffusion of his message through media as another example of “democratic strategy to keep control over the black vote by exploiting our Uber-emotional self-pride.”

Banks goes on to encourage her following to vote for the GOP and avoid the “kryptonite” that is Hollywood. View her full theory below.