Hero: Annapolis shooting survivor Selene San Felice speaks truth to power, tells Trump his prayers are meaningless “if there’s nothing else.”
Selene San Felice, a reporter for Maryland’s Capital Gazette newspaper, is a survivor of and witness to the Annapolis shooting that left five of her colleagues dead and more injured.
After the shooting San Felice spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper about her horrific ordeal.
San Felice explained to Cooper that she hid under her desk while the gunman opened fire, noting that the shooting had left the newsroom “shaken.” In addition, the reporter said that she was not interested in empty thoughts and prayers from politicians.
San Felice told Cooper:
I’ve heard that President Trump sent his prayers. I’m not trying to make this political, right? But we need more than prayers. I appreciate the prayers. I was praying the entire time I was [hiding] under that desk. I want your prayers but I want something else.
San Felice continued:
I’m going to need more than a couple days of news coverage and some thoughts and prayers because our whole lives have been shattered, and so thanks for your prayers, but I couldn’t give a fuck about them if there’s nothing else.
“I’ve heard that Pres. Trump sent his prayers. I’m not trying to make this political right? But we need more than prayers… I want your prayers but I want something else.”
Capital Gazette writer Selene San Felice says her life has been “shattered” after witnessing the attack pic.twitter.com/mUwVZBjpmo
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) June 29, 2018
The F word is bleeped out on the official CNN YouTube clip, but it wasn’t bleeped out when CNN aired the interview –
Many cheered San Felice for her brave and sensible words immediately after the horrific shooting. However, some puritans seemed more concerned about the fact that the reporter had used an obscenity on a cable news show than with the fact that five people had been killed in yet another mass shooting.
For example, Senator Marco Rubio went on Twitter to clutch his pearls and denounce the use of the “F word.” Rubio tweeted:
Sign of our times… the F word is now routinely used in news stories, tweets etc It’s not even F*** anymore. Who made that decision???
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 29, 2018
“Sign of our times… the F word is now routinely used in news stories, tweets etc It’s not even F*** anymore. Who made that decision???”
And Twitter responded to Rubio’s misplaced puritanical concerns:
Dead kids and journalists don’t bother Marco. You know what does? Profanity.
— BenDavid Grabinski (@bdgrabinski) June 29, 2018
Really, this is the most pressing media issue you can come with? today??
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) June 29, 2018
Who the fuck cares? #Trump invites violence and hatred towards the press and yesterday 5 people were killed. Grow up and get your priorities in order. Asshole
— George Torres (@GeorgeTorresNYC) June 29, 2018
There are nearly 2000 fucking kids who were taken from their fucking parents by the fucking government that you fucking work for, most of whom haven’t been fucking returned. And you’re going to make a fucking word the fucking thing you make noise about? Are you fucking serious?
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) June 29, 2018
Bottom line: Annapolis shooting survivor Selene San Felice is right. Prayers are not enough. In fact, prayers are never enough. Prayers are spiritual masturbation: they might make the person doing the praying feel a little better, but prayers do nothing to effect change in the real world.