Here’s what 2020 candidates should learn from Jussie Smollett

(CNN)“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett made the whole thing up. From a criminal perspective, next steps seem simple. Smollett has been charged with a felony for filing a false police report. He will, presumably, be tried and sentenced — unless he can offer evidence that clears him. What’s harder to sort through is the political reaction to the case — and how we can avoid going down this same road in the future. “This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn, and certainly didn’t deserve,” Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said on Thursday. “To make things worse, the accusations within this phony attack received national attention for weeks. Celebrities, news commentators, even presidential candidates weighed in on something that …