CNN Reporter: "These Country Music Supporters Were Likely Trump Supporters"

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On the same day CBS fired one of its network executives, Hayley Geftman-Gold, after she took to social media to explain why she was "not even sympathetic" to victims of the Las Vegas shooting because "country music fans often are Republican," CNN had its own "zen moment" of victim-blaming and stereotyping of innocent concertgoers caught up in the horrific carnage at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, when during a live broadcast Monday morning, CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny suggested that most of the victims were Trump supporters for the mere fact that they were attending a country music event.

While describing President Trump's morning press conference on the tragedy which resulted in more than 59 killed and 527 injured, Zeleny said, "Something else I think to keep in mind, a lot of these country music supporters were likely Trump supporters."

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Standing in front of the White House, CNN's Senior White House Correspondent claimed (starting at 1:10): "Something else I think to keep in mind, a lot of these country music supporters were likely Trump supporters."

Zeleny had described Trump's words as "pitch perfect" and seemed to imply that the concert goers were part of Trump's political base - ironic given that the CNN reporter prefaced his comments by saying it wasn't appropriate to discuss politics so close in time to the tragedy. Zeleny said just before the brazen "Trump supporters" comment - without a hint of irony - that, "after today and tomorrow it will become a discussion of politics, of guns. It's not appropriate for that moment today." He also noted that Trump has a hotel in Las Vegas near the site of the massacre before saying of the president: “So, this is something I'm not surprised at all to see him go there visiting early.” 

Though it's unclear exactly what Zeleny was trying to say precisely about Trump's speech - perhaps insinuating that Trump was really just playing politics while only appearing to be a unifier - what is clear is that the CNN correspondent likened listeners of country music or anyone merely attending a country music concert as automatic Trump supporters. Worse is that the comments came just hours after the deadliest shooting in American history where common people of all backgrounds had their lives cut short while they incidentally happened to be enjoying country music. Further ironic is that Zeleny said of Trump's words, "particularly for a speech like this you want to get every word right...".

CNN has a recent history of making such shockingly offensive and sweeping generalizations of average Americans soon after mass tragedies. Immediately after the racial violence and death at Charlottesville, for example, CNN ran a headline prominently on its homepage which said, White supremacists by default’: How ordinary people made Charlottesville possible and argued, "But the tragedy that took place in Charlottesville this month could not have occurred without the tacit acceptance of millions of ordinary, law-abiding Americans who helped create such a racially explosive climate, some activists, historians and victims of extremism say."

It's no wonder that so many Americans are increasingly choosing to turn off the major networks, especially CNN, which seems to insult them at every turn, even mere hours after the most tragic mass shooting in US history.


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JEFF ZELENY: By saying he will go to Las Vegas on Wednesday, by visiting, it is something that puts him in line with what so many presidents before him have done and paid their respects. Of course,  Las Vegas is a town that he [Trump] is connected to and knows well. His name is emblazoned on the top of a hotel there as well. He campaigned there a lot. So, this is something I'm not surprised at all to see him go there visiting early. But, again, I think the moment here is what comes after this. This invariably after today and tomorrow, will become a discussion of politics, of guns. It's not appropriate for that moment today. You will hear it from some Democrats. What will the President do in that respect? Will he take a leadership role in that respect? We will watch that as the days unfold, but the President clearly, as John said, striking a pitch-perfect tone there. 


Something else, I think, to keep in mind, a lot of these country music supporters were likely Trump supporters. This is hitting the tapestry of all Americans and there are going to be victims from across the country here. So this is something that is a national tragedy as the President said and the flags he ordered at half staff today in memory and thought of all of the victims in Las Vegas.

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SRV's picture

Wait 'till all those high paid "journalists" on cable news drill down in their "thorough investigation" and discover the UAE OWNS 5 floors just a couple above the shooters nest!

Note: Anyone else think it odd the shooter blew those huge holes in glass (I'M UP HERE), when something smaller would have made it much harder (impossible?) to ID the location (he seemed to plan every other detail... except the getaway)... to disguise the others shooting?

Think that may be something worth at least a mention in the biggest terror attack on US soil involving firearms in history, with no apparent motive, and serious questions about the logistics of it all?

Oh, and it seems it's often used to "entertain" diplomats (who can get anything through security without a search) with a little blow, and maybe a "Dumbo Drop" (Google UAE Dumbo Drop) or two that may have needed a little cleanup operation since someone talked to the Intercept (a DC consulate burned down recently... dna traces?).

But it's prolly nothin... just another wild eyed conspiracy... I'm sure Wolf and Matthews will get to the bottom of it soon!

AND... how does one man hit one target a second (do the math folks cause clearly Wolf will not)? Seriously, I have zero experience but after the first two minutes the crowd had scattered in every direction... 20 guns... were there multiple shooters (I saw a vid yesterday of a flow of flashes from a much lower window... saved a link and posted it here... "no longer available" notice minutes later... UT, not the downloader, took it down)!

TabakLover's picture

What is all the outrage here about this CNN guys statement?  I must have seen that very logic (Country music crowd = Trump supporters) posted dozens of times here on ZH yesterday...... and get mucho 'up' arrows.   

ThreeRs's picture

We know by the number of trolls daily just how much Soros fears us.


Didn't think we knew, did ya?


If you're not taking any flak, you're not over the target.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

Exactly. Just like being a commentator on CNN means he is most likely a cock sucking liberal traitor with a short circuited brain incapable of reason and normal human thought.

cat2005's picture

No, the point is the political beliefs of the concert goers has NO bearing on the tragedy.

They were human beings not red or blue dots on a map.

Is the CNN reporter's comment true? Probably. It wouldn't surprise me.

If true though, it doesn't change the fact that it is absolutely irrelevant and a "professional" journalist knows that. Even a high school journalists knows that.

Of course, if the shooter targeted the audience based upon the high likelihood that they are gun owners or Trump supporters, then the comment would be relevant.

To date though, I haven't seen evidence explaining the shooter's motive.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

Yes, My agreement was in sarcasm. The truth is that the majority of gatherings in the majority of locations in the USA most likely have more Trump supporters than Trump detractors.

Not a likely explanation of motive and just seems like more divisive crap the MSM shoves at us. When is a gunman going to open fire on MSM? Waiting patiently. Any crazies out there? You most likely will kill America hating scum traitors if you open fire on CNN.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Tools are not discarded until their function is no longer needed.

SRV's picture

Huff Po will sooth your battered soul

bankbob's picture

Once more - since the statement is true - does that mean the Shooter was Targeting Trump Supporters?

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Once more - the SHOOTERS were targeting Americans belonging to demographic "A." Their next targets will be Americans in demographic "B." That strategy will continue until the desired MULTIPLE results are achieved. Ordo ab Chao. Diocletian..."Problem-Reaction-Solution." Solving problems creatively is the hallmark of your masters.

motoXdude's picture

Do You Realize that if Democrats Stopped Shooting People Gun Violence would Be Reduced by 90 Percent?  Not sure it's true, but it sure SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT!

SRV's picture

When does Trump begin to cut the News Corps down to size? 

Plenty of groups who could merge and get a couple of serious new operations going in a hurry as they've been plugging away on the web for years!

They would be instant hits!

Newspeaktogo's picture

I’d like to bitch slap that little punk reporter into year zero. The fuking twirp doesn’t know when to shut up. Speaks nothing but empty words and thinks his opinion matters. Making it up as he goes along. Sickening!

bankbob's picture

Was the Shooter targeting Trump supporters then?

King of Ruperts Land's picture

I think it was an ISIS fundraiser. It was an exclusive tour package for extremely rich and connected (prince level) Islamic jihadis. Each paid millions for the package tour which included being able to shoot a clip into a crowd of American infidels. All inclusive. Guns, Ammo, Patsy and security included.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

Alex Jones says he has motive and proof. Listen live for details coming up.