Daniel Baldwin Says His Brother Alec Baldwin Is Being “Scapegoated” For His Political Views In The Wake Of The “Rust” Shooting
After that bizarre impromptu press conference, Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Baldwin held on the side of the road last month to address his involvement in the death of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutches, I think Alec probably realized he’s better off without his wife’s roadside assistance. So this time, instead of calling Triple E (aka Eeelaria), he’s got his least famous brother, Daniel Baldwin, defending him on something called The Domenick Nati Show saying that actors are “dumb” and therefore Alec 100% NOT GUILTY of doing anything wrong despite being the person who, albeit accidentally, aimed a gun at Halyna and pulled the trigger, causing her to die. According to TMZ, Daniel says that Alec is getting blamed for Haylna’s death because of his political views. I guess Daniel thinks that if Donald Trump can stand in the middle of 5th Ave and shoot somebody and not lose any followers, so should Alec. It’s only fair. Meanwhile, George Clooney, who lost his friend Brandon Lee to an on-set accidental shooting, seems to agree on one point at least — Alec is dumb. He blames the Rust disaster “a series of tragedies. But also, a lot of stupid mistakes.”
TMZ reports that Daniel thinks Alec is being “scapegoated” because of his political views when what we should be focused on are “the many, many wonderful things he’s done for different charities and people and his wife.” His wife? The Hilaria Baldwin Children’s Fund for Children Named Baldwin? I mean, I guess he has a point. I have not thought much about those other things since Alec shot and killed a woman before immediately pointing all 10 of his fingers elsewhere. And then taking off his shoes so he can point some more.
The way Daniel sees it … Alec is being scapegoated because he’s the big star with outspoken political views, making for an easy target.
Daniel says … “You know Alec’s got the name though doesn’t he, so let’s go ahead and take Alec for his political views and the many, many wonderful things he’s done for different charities and people and his wife and let’s see if we can’t sensationalize this and go after Alec.”
DB adds … “This is what he faces because he’s opinionated and he’s strong-headed and he has really staunch views on certain things and those people who don’t like him will take advantage of him and persecute his wife. He’s a target.”
While Daniel doesn’t go into Alec’s political views, it’s no secret Alec did not like Donald Trump, often imitating the former President on ‘SNL,’ and endorsing Barack Obama back in the day.
Remember … one of the first to publicly pile on Alec was Donald Trump Jr., who posted t-shirts reading, “Guns don’t kill people, Alec Baldwin kills people.
I didn’t think there were more than 5 or 6 Americans who were still checking for Donald Trump Jr. after the 2020 election ended (least of all Donny Sr), but Daniel might be one of the few. Thing is, Alec’s not in trouble for his political views. He’s in trouble because he killed someone. Both directly with a gun, and indirectly as a cost-cutting producer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, George Clooney recently appeared on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast and offered his perspective on the shooting as someone who has had a lot of guns handed to him in the past. And he intimated that a lot of the same sloppy, low-budget production work was to blame for the 1993 accidental shooting death of his friend Brandon Lee.
Clooney said that because of what happened to Lee, he continues to abide by safety protocols whenever given a prop gun. “Every single time I’m handed a gun on the set … I open it, I show it to the person I’m pointing it to, I show it to the crew. Every single take, you hand it back to the armorer when you’re done and you do it again,” he said.
Clooney, who said he doesn’t know Baldwin personally, added, “I’ve been on sets for 40 years and the person that hands you the gun, the person that is responsible for the gun, is either the prop person or the armorer, period.”
As we know, the prop person and the armorer in the Rust case were the same person, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed. But as George notes, the onus is on production, and the person handling the gun, to ensure everyone’s safety. Unfortunately for Alec, in this case, he was both.
“Why for the life of me, this low budget film with producers who haven’t produced anything wouldn’t have hired, for the armorer, someone with experience,” Clooney said, calling unverified reports of staff on set using the prop guns for target practice “insane” and “infuriating” if true. “We need to be better at making sure the heads of our department are experienced and know what they’re doing,” he said.
“After Brandon [Lee] died, it really became a very clear thing: open the gun, look down the barrel, look in the cylinder, make sure,” he said. “It’s a series of tragedies. But also, a lot of stupid mistakes.”
Criminal charges for those “stupid mistakes” may still be forthcoming and Alec and Co. are already being sued for negligence and emotional distress by the key grip on Rust who held Halnya in his arms as she died. And none of that is because of Alec’s overused Trump impression. Here’s his brother Daniel getting it twisted.