Ready for a hefty dose of hypocrisy? A trans panelist on CNN told the host that she believes the person who entered a gay bar in Colorado Springs, killing five people, is not non-binary, as the suspect does not appear to be. It recently came out via the suspect’s lawyer that the alleged shooter would like to go by they/them pronouns, and that they will be referred to as “Mx.” in court documents.
Anderson Lee Aldrich, the alleged shooter, killed five at Club Q in Colorado around midnight. Anchor Alisyn Camerota asked the guest, “The attorneys for the shooter are now saying that the shooter is non-binary, and the shooter would like to use the pronouns ‘they/them’ for the court and all court papers, and that’s what Anderson Aldrich’s attorneys are saying. Do you have any thoughts on that?”
“I think that it’s completely ludicrous,” said CNN guest Natalee Bingham, the trans guest. “I believe they’re just saying that because they want to have the easy way out on this. That’s really, really offending, especially being a transgender woman myself, that a male, which it was obvious with the mugshot, that’s a man.”
This Trans Woman on CNN says she can look at a still photo of the Colorado Springs gunman and know that he's not Non-binary, he's a man.
If we were to use that same standard on Natalee, what might we discern? pic.twitter.com/wMC9DmUEBi
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“That’s not a non-binary person because in no way, shape, or form could they appear as a woman the next day. It’s really offensive to really hear that, that they’re playing that role. If they’re non-binary, why would you go after the club where you feel safe?” Bingham asked while continuing to use the suspect’s preferred pronouns. “Why would you do that to a community where you are welcomed in if you are non-binary?” Bingham concluded.
Merriam-Webster defines nonbinary as “relating to or being a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that is neither entirely male nor entirely female.”
Aldrich’s alleged attack on Friday night was stopped by a veteran of the US Army, who was with his family at the bar when the shooting started. The man took down the alleged shooter until police arrived.
“We thank the quick reactions of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack,” the nightclub posted on their Facebook page on Sunday.
The names of the murdered victims are Raymond Green Vance, 22, Daniel Aston, 28, Ashley Paugh, 35, Derrick Rump, 38, and Kelly Loving, 40.