Prior to Donald Trump‘s plane landing in Indianpolis yesterday for a political rally, a CNN producer was overheard joking with on-air correspondent Suzanne Malveaux about Trump’s plane crashing. The clip was captured by FTVLive. Exact quote: “That means his plane’s crashed…just kidding.” Malveaux reacted with a “whoa, too much!” expression and that was all. Until FTV leaked it, I mean.
I’ve been meaning to bring this up, and now it’s permissible. What if Trump’s life was to somehow end due to a plane crash, a Taco Bowl heart attack or, God forbid, an assassin’s bullet? Decorum and decency would require all of us to express some degree of regret and sorrow. But on a totally private, deep-down basis would you be grieving or (be honest) would you be muttering to yourself “thank you, God…thank you…I’m sorry for doubting you all these years”? I for one would be totally beside myself with grief. I would be sending floral wreaths to Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Rance Priebus, et. al.
CNN corporate’s response to the producer quote: “An unfortunate and inappropriate remark was made by one of our producers off camera yesterday. We have apologized to the Trump transition team, and the producer has been disciplined.”