J.D. Vance slammed for tweet calling on Donald Trump to react to fatal Alec Baldwin set shooting

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J.D. Vance
J.D. Vance. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images
  • J.D. Vance is the author of "Hillbilly Elegy" and an Ohio Republican Senate candidate.

  • J.D. Vance posted a tweet calling on Donald Trump to comment on Alec Baldwin's fatal set shooting.

  • Alec Baldwin has been a frequent critic of Donald Trump and satirized him on Saturday Night Live.

J.D. Vance, the author of "Hillbilly Elegy" and an Ohio Republican Senate candidate, has been widely criticized on social media for posting a tweet calling Donald Trump to comment on Alec Baldwin's fatal shooting on the set of the film "Rust" in New Mexico.

"Dear @jack let Trump back on," Vance tweeted Friday to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. "We need Alec Baldwin tweets."

Baldwin - who portrayed a satirized version of the former president on "Saturday Night Live" for much of his tenure in the White House - has been one of the most prominent critics of Donald Trump in Hollywood.

Vance, currently trailing former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel in the Senate polls, had been a critic of Trump, but earlier this year, he told Time magazine that while he found much of Trump's behavior "reprehensible," he had to "suck it up" to build support for his Senate run.

In response to Vance's tweet, "West Wing" star Bradley Whitford said: "You are the inversion of the values of Jesus Christ."

Referencing the widely panned Hollywood adaptation of Vance's book "Hillbilly Elegy," British film critic Mark Kermode criticized Vance for the tweet.

He wrote: "I detested the movie of Hillbilly Elegy (never read the book) but I don't think I realised what an utterly soulless and horrifyingly cruel piece of slime JD Vance was until right now. "Christian Republicans" definitely seen to have read a different version of The Bible."

"Someone died, you asshole," Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, Vance's potential Democratic opponent in the 2022 election, responded.

Alec Baldwin spoke publicly for the first time on Friday afternoon following the death of 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins who died after he discharged a prop gun on the set of the film "Rust."

"There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours," Baldwin tweeted.

"I'm fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred," he added.

In a second tweet, Baldwin continued: "I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna."

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