Well, if you were curious what the most disgusting takes on the awful Rust filming is, you need look no further than our former commander-in-chief.
As you probably know, on October 21, Alec Baldwin fired what he was told was a “cold gun” – a safe, unloaded prop weapon – while rehearsing a scene for his new western. The pistol shockingly fired a very real bullet and hit the instructor Joel Souza and photo director Halyna Hutchins. The film photographer was flown to the hospital where she died of her injuries.
The devastating event is tragic wherever Hutchins leaves a widower and their young son – and Baldwin cursed with the knowledge that he hit the trigger that took a life.
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The fact that we’ve heard so many conservative voices go after Baldwin, no matter what the facts say, is disgusting – and quite obviously only motivated by the fact that he made fun of their beloved leader Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. Just an obvious lack of empathy and consideration.
But of course, Trump himself has beaten them all. He does not blame the actor for not checking the weapon or for being an executive producer on a film where security measures are called into question. No, he crossed a much more disturbing frontier.
Some who Hillbilly Elegy author JD Vance, just begged Trump to return to Twitter so they could see what he would say about Baldwin. Now they finally get their will. During a telephone interview with a conservative radio host Chris Stigall on Thursday, the former president read off on the actor and did more than just suggest that he be held responsible for Hutchins’ death. He shouted:
“In my opinion he had something to do with it, but if nothing else, how to take a gun, whether it is loaded or not loaded, how to take a gun, it points to someone who is not even in the movie , and just point to this person and pull the trigger, and now she’s dead.
Uh, an actor. That’s who would do it. He added:
“If they handed me a gun, I would never point it at anyone and shoot it, you know. I do not care to check the gun. They hand you a gun, you will not point it at anyone.”
Of course you would. If that was what the scene required. Again, this is acting. Your terrible airbag. Then he stated:
“This was really a film photographer, so it’s not even like an actress who’s on set with you, this was a film photographer, so that means he took the gun and aimed it at a film photographer, pressed the trigger, and she was dead.”
Sorry, but what the hell is he trying to say ?! This is insane! He behaves as if it were a shocking and disturbing act of madness to point a gun, as if Baldwin was being released.
See, every time you’ve ever seen a character in a movie point a gun at the camera, they’ve pointed it in the direction of the camera operator and the film photographer. That’s how it works. That is why there are so many safety precautions to ensure that weapons are unloaded and cleared of debris. Because they are pointed at people all the time while the camera moves around them to get the right angles.
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Of course, there is no way Trump does not understand the very basic fact. He just twists the situation to the worst possible reading, knowing that his base will parrot him. Just watch them over the next week – and yes, they’ll even start repeating this, the most shocking thing we’re heard anyone say during this whole disgusting campaign:
“As bad as it may have been stored, it means, you know, the people who take care of the equipment and the gun and everything else. But even if it was loaded, and you know it’s a weird thing, maybe he has loaded it. “
Maybe he has loaded it ?? Wow. That is to say … Honestly, it could be a new low for Trump, who says something.
We need to be completely clear here. We do not believe for a second that Trump actually believes what he is saying here. He just sees someone he sees as an enemy who is in a bad situation and settling down – and since he proved his entire four years in office, he does not care who or what he hurts while doing so.
We doubt he even came to the show for the purpose of saying such an inflammatory thing. We do not know if you have noticed, but the former POTUS often just lets things fly without care – and doubles them later to never have to apologize. You know, a completely safe and normal person to be the leader of the free world.
Speaking of disgusting wordplay, he continued:
“Who would put a gun, ‘Here, Alec, here’s your gun’, ‘Oh, well’, lift it up, point it at someone and pull the trigger, and: ‘Oh, man, a bullet came out, “She’s dead. So there’s something wrong with him, he’s a sick guy.”
A sick guy ?? He did his job.
We have seen some distasteful reactions to the incident, but this is out of the world. And it was not over. Trump went on to say about Baldwin:
“I’ve seen him for years. He fights with journalists. All he does is be a fleeting guy. He’s a cuddly job.”
It’s hard to believe that someone could be enough of an emotionless, cruel piece of work to suggest murderous impulses with no absolute basis at a time like this.
We still do not have the full official history of how this happened; the investigation is ongoing. But that’s why we are more careful what we say about it. Because we are not trying to cause unnecessary harm.
From what we have heard and knows of the last incident like this, the incredibly tragic shooting Brandon Lee, this is almost certainly in no way the actor’s fault – and whether anything will be a terrible trauma that he will have to bear for the rest of his life. So it’s not time to attack Alec Baldwin, especially not because you just do not like his policies. And MOST not because you hated how he played a caricature of you in a comedy show.
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If you think there’s no way it can really be what it’s all about, you do not need to take our word for it. Trump could not help but, as usual, say the quiet part out loud again.
He went so far as to question the man’s mental health and suggest that he had murderous impulses – for let’s be honest, that’s definitely Trump’s implication here – he actually linked his opinion of the shooting to his favorite rant topic, SNL:
“He did, I thought, a bad job of imitating me. Alec Baldwin was terrible at imitating me, and by the way, if I thought he was good and I did not like his politics or I did not like him , I would have said he was good, but he was awful.I do not like him or do not like him, I do not actually know him, but I have seen him over the years due to the fact that he did so a lot on Saturday Night Live … and he’s a cuckoo, he’s a nut job, and usually when there’s someone like that, you know – in my opinion, he had something to do with it. “
Oh, come on. He just admitted that he does not know Alec at all – just that he did not think he did a good job of making fun of him on TV. (As if Trump would ever applaud someone for mocking him.) And he can say it with an upright face in the same breath as accusing the man of having the kind of mental problems that would lead to him deliberately killing a colleague for no reason.
Want to know how awful Trump is? If this was anyone else, he would be trending on Twitter, where people are talking about him being canceled for saying such horrible things. But with Trump, that’s exactly what we’re all come to expect at this point.
Hell, the orange didn’t fall too far from the tree either. If you missed it, Donald Trump, Jr. had second worst reaction to this tragedy – selling “Alec Baldwin kills people” T-shirts online. At least someone on his team made sense to put an end to it right away.
We hate to say it, but we would not be surprised if this stretched narrative caught among Trumpists now that fearless leader have spoken.
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