Note how heartfelt Smollett's delivery comes across. There's absolutely no sheepishness or furtiveness on his face, and no catch in his voice to betray him.
Note how reasonable and calm he appears.
Note how he characterizes his doubters as "offensive," and "unfair." (There's no better way to put your opponents on defense these days than to claim "offense.")
And listen to Smollett's noble words: "We have the right and responsibility to make something meaningful out of the things that happen to us, good and bad.....I just want members of the LGBTQ community, I just want young black children to know, how strong that they are." (See? He doesn't care about himself, he only wants to do right by the downtrodden!)
Note the tremulous passion in his voice as he says these things.
Note how gentle he seems. (No wonder Kamala Harris described him that way!)
It's enough to make you want to stand up and chant, "Justice for Jussie!"
That is, if you can suspend your disbelief -- which a number of Presidential candidates were apparently willing and able to do.
One of the giveaways to Smollett's dishonesty is that he repeatedly prefaces his statements with the word "honestly." And at one point, he refers to his doubters as having made "false, inaccurate" statements (one of those words would have sufficed), demonstrating typical sociopathic overuse of adjectives (and sometimes adverbs), as we saw here and here.
Note how Smollett tells his doubters, "You don't even want to see the truth," though that advice would actually be better directed at his supporters.
And when Roberts asks him what people need to hear the most, Smollett replies, "I think what people need to hear is the truth. It's just the truth."
The gentleman doth protest too loudly.
Keep in mind, this isn't even a particularly intelligent sociopath. (If he were smarter, he would have come up with a more plausible story.) A smart one is more slippery, and gets further with his lies.
And a really clever one can even get elected President.