There was a time not so very long ago when a national tragedy would unite the country, if only for a short time. We would grieve the humans lost as humans lost, innocent people taken too soon with loved ones left behind. In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, it is all too clear that those days are gone.
Hayley Geftman-Gold, a top legal executive at CBS, is one of those people on whose humanity we cannot rely. As The Daily Caller reports, she posted on Facebook “If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered” -- presumably a reference to the Sandy Hook shooting -- “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.”
Geftman-Gold, according to her profile, went to Columbia Law school, and now holds the position of VP, Senior Counsel, Strategic Transactions, at CBS. This is a highly-educated woman with a prestigious position saying that she doesn't care that people are dead because of their political affiliation. This is not a radical political affiliation, one that calls for murder or violence. It is a mainstream political opinion held by roughly half of the country.
Editor's update: CBS Corp. has fired Geftman-Gold for the now-deleted tweet, according to Lifezette:
“This individual, who was with us for approximately one year, violated the standards of our company and is no longer an employee of CBS,” the network. “Her views as expressed on social media are deeply unacceptable to all of us at CBS. Our hearts go out to the victims in Las Vegas and their families.”
Other comments said “imagine the coverage if this was a Muslim guy?” (Well, the coverage is wall-to-wall and we don't know his religion right now) to which someone replied “of course. Notice they did not release his ethnicity?” ("Muslim" isn't an ethnicity).
They weren't the only leftists to imagine the shooter as Muslim to make a point. TV "personality" Piers Morgan tweeted “If the shooter was Muslim, we'd call this a terrorist attack. This was a terrorist attack, committed by a 64 year-old white American. #Vegas” No, Mr. Morgan, we would not. The word terrorism has a meaning, and we do not know that this attack fits that definition. If it comes to pass that it does, that word will be used, as it was in reference to a white man in Charlottesville.
Then there were the regular, everyday people bringing their hateful hot takes to social media. A teacher going by @TheResistANNce tweeted “Lots of white trump supporters in Las Vegas at route 21 watching Jason aldean. Pray only trumptards died! #Prayforvegas” She's deleted her account, but screenshots are forever.
“Shooting At Country Music Festival in Las Vegas?! Looks like revenge on those Trump Supporters,” tweeted one, while another said “How many of those victims in Las Vegas were likely to be racist trump-supporters though? #mandalaybay I hope all of them were.”
One witness praised the first responders by saying "In a world where everyone is kneeling, I saw hundreds of people standing up and running towards the danger." Suddenly, the left was outraged about the politicization of a tragedy.