CNN Host's Reaction to Learning Anderson Aldrich Is Non-Binary Goes Viral

A video of CNN host Alisyn Camerota discovering that Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Aldrich is non-binary has gone viral on social media.

While speaking about this development, Camerota suggested that Aldrich may have been given legal advice to claim to be non-binary to avoid receiving a hate crime charge.

She also questioned why this information hadn't come out earlier, since Aldrich has been under significant scrutiny since his arrest as the suspect in a shooting at an LGBTQ venue, Club Q, on Saturday night.

The video of Camerota reporting this development and discussing it with her guest has so far been viewed more than 300,000 times since being posted on Twitter on Tuesday.

Kevin Tober, a news analyst for NewsBusters, according to his Twitter bio, captioned the clip: "Watch in real-time as CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota sees her network's narrative on the Colorado Springs gay night club shooting come crashing down.

"She was speechless that the shooter identifies as 'non-binary': I don't know what to say about that."

Camerota said: "Attorneys for the accused shooter, Anderson Lee Aldrich, say in new court filings tonight that the suspect now identifies as non-binary.

"In a footnote to a motion asserting legal privileges, the public defenders say: 'Anderson Aldrich is non-binary, they use they/them pronouns.

"For the purposes of all formal filings will be addressed as Mx. Aldrich, so in other words not Mr. or Ms."

Camerota then introduced her guests, political commentator Errol Louis, former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh and former Senator Al Franken.

The CNN host continued: "I don't know what to say about that. That is not anything that we had heard from his background.

"People have been looking into his background, are you guys lawyers? I don't know what to say about that, that is what he is now saying."

Defense Against Hate Crime

Louis replied: "It sounds like they are trying to prepare a defense against a hate crimes charge.

"That is the least of his problems, legally speaking, but that looks like they are trying to build some kind of sympathy or at least confusion on the question of whether or not this was purely motivated by hate."

Camerota agreed and said:" Yes, that is what it sounds like. We will wait to see."

President Joe Biden has taken to Twitter to condemn the attack that resulted in the deaths of five people and wounded many more on Saturday.

He tweeted: "My administration remains deeply committed to strengthening the rights of LGBTQI+ Americans, including transgender Americans.

"On Transgender Day of Remembrance, let us resolve to continue building a country where every American can live free from fear and discrimination."

Carter Springs Police Department Chief Adrian Vasquez, who described the tragedy as "a senseless and evil" shooting, later confirmed Aldrich was the suspect and that two firearms were found at the scene.

A file photo of a person in handcuffs. A video of CNN host Alisyn Camerota discovering that Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Aldrich is non-binary has gone viral on social media. Getty