Last night, a heartbreaking accident occurred on the set of Alec Baldwin’s new movie, Rust. A prop gun that apparently was loaded with live ammunition discharged in his hands, killing beloved photography director Halyna Hutchins and injuring the director Joel Souza. While there are certainly many questions that need to be answered — why was Baldwin “inspecting” the gun? why was a non-union prop master being used? — the idea that this is anything but a freak tragedy and a grim reminder of just how dangerous firearms can be, no matter the situation.
Unfortunately, many on the right-wing are responding with disgusting displays of glee and mockery, overjoyed at the idea of misfortune befalling the man who mocked their Great Leader on Saturday Night Live. Rushing to get in cheap shots without any regard for Hutchins, who leaves behind a young child, the worst people in American politics once again leaped at the opportunity to demonstrate what little regard they have for human life.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), who does not exactly have the best track record herself when it comes to gun safety (or food safety for that matter), took to Twitter and mocked Baldwin by digging up an old tweet of his that said he was going to make yellow T-shirts that read “My hands are up. Please don’t shoot me.”
Judging by the appalling racism of the 2014-era replies, it appears the tweet was made in reference to the killing of Black Americans.
.@AlecBaldwin are these still available?
Asking for a movie producer… pic.twitter.com/AeE5VHLhqN
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) October 22, 2021
Boebert immediately sparked a tidal wave of disgust and condemnation from civilized society:
This is disgusting. A woman is dead. it’s beyond ghoulish for an elected official to joke about this. https://t.co/4QAqyRtH5X
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) October 22, 2021
You really have to be the most ghoulish, heartless, shittiest excuse for a human being to use a tragic accident that cost a young woman her life, to attempt to crack a joke at @AlecBaldwin’s expense. https://t.co/ZddmfIS0XB
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) October 22, 2021
A member of Congress is using her taxpayer-funded salary to dig up seven year old tweets to troll a man she's never met in what's probably the worst moment of his life. "Shame" doesn't even begin to describe this. https://t.co/BKtSWsADqc
— Mike Rothschild (@rothschildmd) October 22, 2021
If you’re going to tout your Christian faith, how about trying to have some empathy and grace over a tragedy? Don’t remember the part of the gospel that says “anything for RTs” https://t.co/uPT3djTpT7
— Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) October 22, 2021
You are a ghoul. https://t.co/owURidfZqo
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) October 22, 2021
— Dylan Housman (@Dylan_Housman) October 22, 2021
This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.