On his show Tuesday, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh took a call from a man who said he attended the concert in Las Vegas that became the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The caller pointed out something many people have missed when discussing the tragedy.
The caller, who was identified as “Tim in Orange County, California,” said he attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival and witnessed good people coming together, not arguing over politics.
“Hey, I just want to let you know that I was at the concert over the weekend. I was there Friday, Saturday, and on Sunday. I was on ground close to Jason Aldean near a barrier, and I saw, you know, and felt the terrifying event. I’m shaken as I talk right now,” he said, according to Limbaugh’s website.
He continued: “But what I really wanted to say was, you know, to me it was good people that were there — black, white, Hispanic, Asian, you name it, good people enjoying a great time, great music. Not one time did I see somebody wearing a Trump hat. Not one time did I see anybody wearing a Trump shirt. We were just there having a good time.”
On Sunday night, suspected gunman Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire from his hotel window on attendees of the country music festival.
The attack resulted in at least 59 deaths and more than 500 injuries.
“You said you were there when the shooting began, and you didn’t see any Make America Great hats, there’s nobody talking about Trump, nobody talking about politics. It’s just a bunch of people enjoying the event, the music, whatever was going on. Is that pretty much right?” Rush Limbaugh asked.
After Tim said he didn’t see any hats or shirts that said “Make America Great Again,” Limbaugh argued that not everything in life has to be political.
Tim explained that people were simply having a good time up until the tragic shooting.
“These are husbands and wives and sons and daughters and little kids at this concert that were being, you know, victimized by this maniac, but it’s not about politics,” he said.
According to Tim, the brave police officers who ran toward the gunfire without any protective gear to save innocent people were a good example of what men and women in law enforcement are really like.
“You know who was running in? Four police officers without tactical gear with their handguns and their rifles. They were running towards it. They didn’t know where the threat was, they could have been anywhere,” Tim said. “So I think people should rethink their stance, those that are anti-law enforcement.”
“And these guys were there to give their lives, and a lot of people at that concert did the same thing,” he added. “They’re just good-hearted people.”
Rush Limbaugh asked Tim what prompted his call, and why he felt it was important to tell people that politics weren’t involved in the moments leading up to and during the tragic shooting.
“You know, the last two days have been kind of a blur, you know, and lack of sleep and just dealing with what I witnessed. But I did read a couple of articles — I don’t remember exactly where, where I had heard somebody referencing country fans, I think it was a comedian or two referencing the country fans as being Trump supporters, so in a way it wasn’t that big of a deal or we deserved it,” Tim replied.
He was possibly referring to Hayley Geftman-Gold, a CBS vice president and top senior counsel, who was fired on Monday after commenting on Facebook that she was “not even sympathetic” to the victims of the shooting because country music fans are often Republicans.
“Something to that effect. And it really, really bothered me. You know, I happen to be a Trump fan, but you know what? I love America first. It has nothing to do with politics for me, man,” Tim added.
“These are good people who did not deserve to get shot or terrorized and killed,” he added. “Simple as that.”
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source: Western Journalism