Broadcasting on Monday on CNN, the day after at least 59 people were killed and over 500 wounded in a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas, senior White House correspondent Jeff Zeleny oddly pointed out that country music fans are probably President Trump supporters. What is that supposed to mean, exactly?
Zeleny reported about the president’s morning statement and Trump’s announcement that he will be visiting Vegas.
“I’m not surprised at all to see him go there,” Zeleny said, noting Trump’s real estate connections to the gambling city. But it became strange as Zeleny noted Trump’s “pitch perfect” response, and said there was something viewers need to “keep in mind:”
"Something else I think to keep in mind, a lot of these country music supporters were likely Trump supporters and this is something that, of course, is hitting the tapestry of all Americans, and there are going to be victims from across the country here.”
It’s easy to raise an eyebrow at such a connection and why Zeleny would mention that, especially in light of the CBS legal executive, Hayley Geftman-Gold, who was fired on Monday for saying, “If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered, I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing. I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”
CBS said those comments were “deeply unacceptable.” Will CNN say the same thing about Zeleny's?