Another major news outlet has chosen to use the Sunday shootings in Las Vegas as a means to attack President Trump and the Second Amendment. The method they chose, however, is what many people are taking offense to.
According to the Daily Caller, CNN’s Jeff Zeleny made a strange comment in the aftermath of Sunday’s tragedy, bizarrely mentioning that as country music fans, the crowd was most likely comprised of Trump voters. The only reason that could be relevant was if he implied that Trump voters somehow deserve to get shot.
Shortly after making his report regarding the deadliest mass shooting in US history, Zeleny was asked by CNN to give his thoughts on Trump’s speech. He acknowledges that it was “pitch perfect.”
“The President, he left it to his role of being a unifier. He did not talk about the investigation, he did not talk about the suspect,” he said. It was curious high praise for a network notorious for its negative, less-than-accurate coverage of the Trump presidency. However, Zeleny did make one comment that caught people off guard.
“Something else, I think, to keep in mind – a lot of these country music supporters are likely Trump supporters,” he added. “This is something, of course, hitting the tapestry of all Americans and there are going to be victims from across the country here.”
Even stranger, he provided little other context or explanation as to why he felt it was relevant to make this comment. It is possible that he meant Trump’s comments towards those suffering from these attacks are in some ways him speaking directly to his fanbase. However, considering the anti-Trump bias of CNN, it’s unlikely that’s what Zeleny meant.
Instead, his comments seem to imply that Trump supporters, in some sense, deserved to get shot.
Trump’s comments earned him high praise from nearly all news outlets across the nation. Praising him for his presidential tone, The Washington Post described his speech as being “just fine,” and without any errors to criticize. The article proceeds to describe how some CNN officials struggled to find an excuse to criticize the President’s comments, going to show just how appropriate his statements were.
Even John King, an anchor on CNN, had to admit that “Look, pitch perfect from the President right here…I would hope that [anti-Trumpers] would take a breath and let the President have his piece here, in the sense that he came out, he said he wanted to unify the country.”
CNN’s Jeff Zeleny bizarrely mentioning that as country music fans, the crowd at Las Vegas was most likely comprised of Trump voters, perhaps implying that Trump voters somehow deserve to get shot. Do you find this reprehensible
Regardless, the network seemed to have no hesitation where Zeleny’s implication was concerned. This subtle jab at country music fans and Trump supporters deserves to be called out for what it is – unacceptable.
Zeleny wasn’t the only person to express a sentiment like this. CBS News executive Hayley Geftman-Gold wrote in a Facebook post that she wasn’t “sympathetic” at all to the victims of the recent shooting because “country music fans often are Republican gun-toters.” Although she deleted her post quickly after, it wasn’t fast enough to prevent her from getting fired from CBS, according to Breitbart.
It’s a disturbing line of thought, that country music lovers — whether conservative or not — in a sense “got what they deserved” for being Trump supporters and thus, supporters of the Second Amendment. Few normal, empathetic humans would jump to such an opinion – unless fueled by a politically-motivated liberal perspective.