CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota expressed shock on Tuesday over a new development in the Club Q massacre that undermines the narrative blaming Republicans for the incident.
Democrats and the media are suggesting that partial responsibility for the massacre falls at the feet of Republicans and conservative media because they oppose the progressive LGBT agenda.
What did Camerota say?
While speaking on “CNN Tonight,” Camerota broke news to a panel that the perpetrator of the Club Q massacre identifies as “non-binary” and uses “they/them” pronouns.
“Attorneys for the accused shooter … say in new court filings tonight that the suspect now identifies as non-binary,” Camerota explained. “In a footnote to a motion asserting legal privileges the public defenders say, quote, ‘[The perpetrator] is non-binary. They use ‘they/them’ pronouns, and for the purposes of all formal filings, will be addressed as mix-[perpetrator’s name].”
The news left Camerota speechless.
“I mean, you know, I don’t know if— I don’t know what to say about that,” she said.
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By inserting the word “now” into her commentary, Camerota framed the development in a way that suggested the perpetrator only recently made the change to his gender identity. The legal filing to which she referred does not use the word “now.”
Still, her framing prompted CNN political commentator Errol Louis to claim the change was made as a legal defense against hate crime charges.
“It sounds like they’re trying to prepare a defense against a hate crimes charge,” Louis claimed without evidence.
“That’s the least of his problems legally speaking. But it looks like they’re trying to build some kind of sympathy or at least confusion on the question of whether or not this was purely motivated by hate,” he added.
The perpetrator faces first-degree murder and hate crime charges.
He was released from the hospital on Tuesday and was due in court on Wednesday, according to the Denver Post.