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Kamala Harris: Violent attack on ‘Empire’ star is ‘attempted modern day lynching’

Kamala Harris: Violent attack on ‘Empire’ star is ‘attempted modern day lynching’
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Biden can rebuild trust in our justice system by prioritizing prosecutorial reform Harris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence MORE (D-Calif.) condemned the violent attack on actor Jussie Smollett, calling it “an attempted modern day lynching.”

“[Smollett] is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery,” the 2020 presidential candidate tweeted.

“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.”

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Harris also told reporters Tuesday after hearing of the incident that the attack was “awful” and “outrageous.”

The Chicago Police Department said Tuesday that it was investigating the attack as a “possible hate crime.”

Police said Smollett had a rope tied around his neck and an “unknown chemical substance” poured on him during the attack, which occurred around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Smollett’s attackers yelled racial and homophobic slurs, according to police.

Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation  Hill associations push for more diversity in lawmakers' staffs Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE (D-N.J.) echoed Harris's comments, tweeting: "The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching. I'm glad he's safe."

Booker also urged his fellow lawmakers to support a bill designating lynching as a federal hate crime.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Social media responds to Harris making history: 'I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing' Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' MORE (D-N.Y.) also tweeted that she is “praying for Jussie and his family.”

“This is a sickening and outrageous attack, and horribly, it's the latest of too many hate crimes against LGBTQ people and people of color,” she tweeted. “We are all responsible for condemning this behavior and every person who enables or normalizes it.”