Of course, but hoaxes like this embolden them and make them feel justified. It gives them an example to sight the next time someone alleges they were the victim of a hate crime. And because Smollett invoked MAGA, we had to listen to the smug prick president accuse someone else of racism and act outraged that his supporters were "insulted." So now Trump and his MAGA supporters get to play the victim, even though many of them are legitimately racist and homophobic. Unfortunately, Smollett's greedy stunt didn't just backfire on him.