New details regarding the accidental shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the New Mexico set of the Alec Baldwin film “Rust” have emerged, including how the poor working conditions caused many of the crew to walk off of the production just hours before the incident occurred. The gun Baldwin was handling had been cleared by the assistant director, who had received it from a replacement property master who was neither in the union nor a firearms official.
“Rust” director Joel Souza was also shot in the shoulder, but his injuries were fortunately treated in a local emergency room and he was discharged later in the day. Baldwin, also an executive producer on the film, was said to be fully cooperating with the local sheriff’s office.The unfortunate tragedy will continue to be investigated while the production remains shut down for the time being, with its future still uncertain. Tributes to Hutchins were all over social media, but as is the nature of the internet, so were posts demanding the very political Baldwin’s arrest and worse thanks to his portrayal of Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” which had already made him a target of the MAGA faithful. “#ArrestAlec” was trending on Twitter on Saturday morning, as if the actor had deliberately committed a felony instead of being the last in a chain of ownership of an unsafe weapon. And while that’s par for the Twitter course, it’s not something you might expect to see from a sitting member of Congress (or, it could be, since Matt Gaetz did it to me). But then again, when that member of Congress is Lauren Boebert, it’s actually not that surprising. Boebert clearly had someone on her staff go back and find any of Alec Baldwin’s old tweets to suit her nasty agenda, and once they found one that could work out of context, they went for it:
.@AlecBaldwin are these still available?
Asking for a movie producer… pic.twitter.com/AeE5VHLhqN
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) October 22, 2021
Twitter users immediately jumped on Boebert’s complete lack of decency in the wake of a tragic death. Many incorporated screenshots of her tweet, thinking she might have enough presence to realize a sitting member of Congress just shouldn’t be using Twitter that way, but since this is Boebert, the tweet hadn’t been deleted as of this writing.
Overheard: If you want to really understand that there is no soul to the GOP, on Twitter its ghouls from JD Vance to Lauren Boebert are gleefully mocking Alec Baldwin for the tragedy that occurred on set.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 22, 2021
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
The sheer evil of MAGA lunatics like Lauren Boebert and JD Vance is far beyond comprehension when they can mock Alec Baldwin and bask in delight over the fact that someone died in a tragic accident. When they tell you about their pro-life Christian values, tell them to eat shit.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) October 23, 2021
You are a ghoul. https://t.co/owURidfZqo
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) October 22, 2021