Firstly, the idea of MAGA hat-wearing men targeting a gay, black man in one of America's most liberal enclaves strains credulity.
Smollett then claimed his attack occurred on the coldest night in downtown Chicago in three decades.
Somehow, his supposedly homophobic, Trump-loving assailants recognized him from his show Empire (largely unknown to conservative audiences).
The suspected assailants, Nigerian-born brothers Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo are acquaintances of Smollett. The actor wrote them a check after which they were seen on security cameras at a hardware store purchasing ski masks and red hats used in Smollett's assault.