In an interview on Friday with CNN to discuss the aftermath of Baldwin’s killing of a staffer on the movie “Rust,” actor Alec Baldwin said that he feared that Trump voters would come and kill him.
Baldwin, who has repeatedly called for gun control and who is currently under investigation for the killing of Halyna Hutchins, did not mean to discharge the weapon on set; However, an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) found that he did, in fact, pull the trigger despite the actor’s claims that the gun went off by itself, per ABC News.
“I never once said, never, that the gun went off in my hand automatically. I always said that I pulled the hammer back and I pulled it back as far as I could,” Baldwin claimed. “I never took a gun and pointed it at somebody.”
While Baldwin has yet to take responsibility or face significant consequences for the killing, he has crafted a victim narrative against former President Donald Trump.
“The former president of the United States said he probably shot her on purpose,” Baldwin began in the interview. “To me [that] was really the only time that I needed — that I was worried about what was going to happen 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’m nervous that a bunch of people who were instructed by the former president to go to the Capitol — and they killed a law enforcement officer — and you don’t think that I think to myself, ‘Are some of those people gonna come and kill me?’”
When CNN asked Baldwin’s attorney about potential charges for the actor he stated that if charges were brought it would be a “huge miscarriage of justice.” The award winner also stated that a private investigator hired by Baldwin, who has contacts within the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office, has assured the actor that he would not be charged for the incident
Baldwin has blamed the armorer on the set and the assistant director for the shooting. However, each of them denies any wrongdoing and instead accuse Baldwin of the killing.
While Baldwin may be sure of his innocence and the situation is tragic, his attempts to draw the former president into the conversation is an attempt at deflection as he attempts to utilize the media’s obsession with Trump to his advantage.
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