More political foes emerge among Baldwin’s fatal prop gun shooting
Some of Alec Baldwin’s political foes are emerging in the wake of his accidental fatal shooting of a cinematographer on a film set.
Baldwin and the Trump family have had an adversarial relationship since the actor portrayed former President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.
Within hours of the shooting, J.D. Vance, a candidate for the Ohio Republican Senate, tweeted at Twitter’s CEO, asking him to allow Trump back on the platform. “We need Alec Baldwin tweets,” Vance wrote.
On Monday, Donald Trump Jr. was selling $27.99 T-shirts on his website with the phrase “Guns don’t kill people, Alec Baldwin kills people.” The shirts were eventually pulled from the store.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) referenced a tweet of Baldwin’s from last year supporting Black Lives Matter protesters, in which Baldwin said he was going to make T-shirts that read: “My hands are up. Please don’t shoot me!” Boebert wrote in a since-deleted tweet, “Alec Baldwin, are these still available? Asking for a movie producer.”
Some say political divisions in the country contributed to the visceral response from Baldwin’s political foes, especially considering Baldwins’s outspoken pro-gun control beliefs. CNN host Jake Tapper said cinematographer Halyna Hutchins’s death was “heartbreaking for normal people.”
“But there’s something about our politics right now that is driving people away from our shared humanity,” Tapper said.
Serge Svetnoy, the film’s chief electrician, blamed producers for Hutchins’s death, claiming they hired an inexperienced armorer.
“I’m sure that we had the professionals in every department, but one — the department that was responsible for the weapons,” Svetnoy wrote in a Facebook post. “The person who should have checked this weapon before bringing it to the set did not do it. And the DEATH OF THE HUMAN IS THE RESULT!”