In the wake of actor Alec Baldwin’s interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos regarding Baldwin’s fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in which Baldwin tearfully claimed, “The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” actor John Schneider released a blistering video in which he blasted Stephanopoulos and Baldwin, saying that Baldwin’s crying on camera was “bull****” and adding, “George Stephanopoulos is the poster boy for leftist propaganda.”
Schneider started by asserting, “First of all, George Stephanopoulos is the poster boy for leftist propaganda, so why in the world anyone in the world would look at an interview with George as being anything enlightening or having a modicum of truth I don’t know. … This journalist has walked the party line since he showed up at the party’s front door.”
Schneider then began reviewing the interview itself:
So, it says here, “Sat down Tuesday .. . it was raw, it was intense.” This is all designed to make us feel sorry for Alec Baldwin. Especially this: “As you can imagine,” Stephanopoulos said, “he is devastated. But he was also very candid; he was very forthcoming; he answered every question; he talked about Halyna… he went into detail, and I have to tell you, I was surprised in many places over the course of that hour and twenty minutes we sat down yesterday.”
“This is investigative journalism, okay?” Schneider mocked. “Even now I find it hard to believe; it just doesn’t seem real to me,’ this is what Alec said, okay,” he continued, pretending to tear up, adding, “It was teary eyed; it affected him so much,” as his face convincingly contorted in tears.
But that was only acting, as Schneider immediately resumed a serious face, saying. “It’s bull****…. Yeah. Teary-eyed.”
“The trigger wasn’t pulled; I didn’t pull the trigger, ” Schneider quoted Baldwin saying. “This is what we are being told right now. Stephanopoulos says, ‘So, you never pulled the trigger?’ to which Baldwin replies, ‘No, no, no, I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them. Never.’”
Schneider referenced Stephanopoulos asking Baldwin if this was the worst thing that had ever happened to him. Schneider contorted his face in tears, imitating Baldwin again, saying, “Yes, cause I think back … and I think –”
Schneider’s face resumed its seriousness: “ —what could I have done.” He then quoted from the article about the Stephanopoulos interview as it described the events of the tragedy: “As Baldwin then practiced drawing and firing the weapon, a bullet discharged injuring director Joel Souza and killing Hutchins.”
“So what is it, George?” Schneider pointedly said. “Are we to believe that a gun went off by itself? Are we to believe that someone didn’t pull a trigger? Are we to believe that somehow, magically, on the first part of your teary-eyed nonsensical ‘journalism’ that we believe that Alec didn’t pull the trigger and then, what, three paragraphs later, it’s described how he did in fact pull the trigger? And no one calls attention to that? Seriously? No one calls attention to that?”
“This is a wonderful business we all work in; we are honored and privileged to be part of it,” Schneider asserted. “So when someone takes a crap, which obviously George and Alec have done here, and obviously this woman is still deceased; her family is still without a mother, without a wife; this is absurd.”
“We are now starting to see the propaganda machine … so we’re to believe that this man is a victim,” Schneider posited. “Three weeks ago, it was a prop gun. Four weeks ago, nobody knew how in the world this real weapon was loaded on the set. And today, he didn’t pull the trigger. What kind of idiots do you take us for?