A survivor of today’s shooting just gave the best response to Trump’s “thoughts and prayers”


Remember the name Selene San Felice.  She’s going to be the target of the pro-gun and pro-Trump backlash machine in the coming days.

San Felice is a fresh-faced reporter for the Capital Gazette. She reported on the massacre at the Pulse night club in 2016, and vividly remembers how victims were hiding in bathrooms and behind the bar, text messaging family members their last goodbyes as the gunman hunted down and executed people.

Today, she found herself hiding behind a desk and text messaging loved ones as the latest mass shooter in America carried out a heinous assault on the Capital Gazette offices.

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“The suspect, a white male in his late 30s, entered the building at 888 Bestgate Road, with a shotgun and looked for potential victims as he walked through the lower level,” County Chief William Krampf said in a news conference.

The killer took the lives of five of her colleagues and wounded many more.  San Felice survived unscathed, at least physically.  Emotionally, she’s trying her best to cope with an understandably difficult situation.

Despite having emerged alive if shaken to her core just hours prior, San Felice agreed to  appear on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 with a fellow survivor to express her shock and outrage.


She lashed out against the platitudes and empty rhetoric coming from politicians, particularly the “thoughts and prayers” tweet that President Trump sent out soon after news of the shooting broke.

“I don’t know what I want right now but I’m gonna need more than a couple days of news coverage and thoughts and prayers…I want something else. Thanks for your prayers but I couldn’t give a f*ck about them if there’s nothing else,” she told Cooper.

Those sounds you hear are the Fox News and NRA hit machines gearing up to attack San Felice for having the gall to both reject religion and suggest that politicians must do more than simply think and pray to prevent shootings like this from happening again.

Fox News, the NRA and right wing trolls on social media attacked high school students after the Parkland massacre.  They attacked parents who lost their grade school-aged children after Sandy Hook.  They won’t hesitate to go after a reporter who’s dared to challenge the president or their narrative that gun laws don’t work.

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You can watch the entire emotional exchange between Selene San Felice and Anderson Cooper below.


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Peter Mellado

Peter Mellado is a writer, producer, and a branding and messaging specialist with over 15 years experience. He studied history at San Jose State University, and resides in Los Angeles.