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 Devi HarrisHarris slams DOJ decision not to charge police in Eric Garner's death Harris vows to 'put people over profit' in prescription drug plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet 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 Anthony BookerHarris slams DOJ decision not to charge police in Eric Garner's death The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race 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 Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race Five things to watch for at Defense nominee's confirmation hearing 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.”