Editor’s Note: Whether on screen or off, Hollywood can always be counted on to keep us entertained. This is especially true when it comes to politics. Liberty Nation’s Hollyweird column shines the spotlight on Tinseltown’s A-listers and their wild and wacky takes on today’s current events.
Just as the FBI released a report stating the gun used by Alec Baldwin that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the movie set of Rush could not have been fired without pulling the trigger, the actor came forward with a doozy: Donald Trump fans are out to get him.
That’s right, the Shadow star claimed the former president has inspired fans to possibly harm him in the same way he incited the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Here’s what he told CNN:
“The former president of the United States said, ‘he probably shot her on purpose.’ To me, [that was] the only time I thought about … that I worried about what was going to happen to me. Because here was Trump who instructed people to commit acts of violence and he was pointing the finger at me and saying I was responsible for the death. One thousand percent I am nervous that a bunch of people who were instructed by the former president to go the Capitol and they killed a law enforcement officer. They killed somebody. And you don’t think, [I] think to myself are some of those people going to come and kill me.”
Obviously, there’s no love lost between 45 and Baldwin. The actor’s portrayal of Trump in Saturday Night Live skits demonstrated this, as did the many tweets he posted. We all know that Trump is not one to hold back, so when he made a comment that perhaps Baldwin shooting Hutchins might not have been an accident, no one was really surprised:
“He’s [Baldwin] a troubled guy. There’s something wrong with him. I’ve watched him for years. He gets into fistfights with reporters. He’s a cuckoo-bird. He’s a nutjob. And usually, when there’s somebody like that, you know, in my opinion, he had something to do with it.”
Alec Baldwin Plays the Victim
Baldwin has steadily denied any responsibility for Hutchins’ death. Most agree that the shooting was not intentional, but the actor’s eagerness to shift the blame everywhere else has soured a lot of stomachs, including the victim’s husband, Matt Hutchins, who said, “I just feel like, are we really supposed to feel bad about you Mr. Baldwin?”
Alec Baldwin puts the blame on the set’s props manager, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, for not noticing a live round in the gun and on the assistant director David Halls for giving him a “cold gun.” The actor insists it was all a tragic accident and is sure that he will not face any criminal charges for the October 2021 shooting. He then showed his compassionate side, saying he didn’t want to see anyone else get into trouble either: “I mean, maybe it’s the Catholic in me,” the actor whined. “I have an impulse to say, I don’t want to see anybody suffer. I don’t want to sit there and say you know, go get her [Gutierrez-Reed] and condemn her.”
Most would suggest, however, Baldwin does not often show his “Catholic” side, especially when it comes to the former president. Do you remember some of his posts on social media in which he called Trump a “National Socialist tumor” and a “maniac” and then suggested he should be buried in “a Nazi graveyard [with] a swastika on his grave”?
Is Alec Baldwin trying to garner sympathy? Now that the FBI has said the gun could not have been fired without pulling the trigger, he has decided to go after Trump supporters, convinced they are out to kill him. As one commenter wrote on Deadline’s website, “I’m actually impressed … Baldwin literally kills someone and still somehow finds a way to blame it on the former President. Well done, sir.”
Tune in next time to see what else Tinseltown has planned.