CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny said on Monday that country music fans who attended the Las Vegas concert where tragedy struck Sunday night were likely supporters of President Donald Trump.
"Something else I think to keep keep in mind, a lot of these country music supporters were likely Trump supporters," Zeleny said.
He then broadened his comments to express the widespread impact of the mass shooting.
"This is something that of course is hitting the tapestry of all Americans, and there are going to be victims from across the country here," he said.
At least 50 people were killed and more than 500 were injured when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on country music festival attendees Sunday night from his 32nd floor room at Mandalay Bay Hotel, according to local authorities.
Zeleny said Trump, in his remarks about the shooting, took on the role of being a unifier for the country.
"The president, he left it to his role of being a unifier. He did not talk about the investigation, he did not talk about the suspect," Zeleny said.
Trump called on "the bonds that unite us" during remarks Monday morning.
"In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one, and it always has," he said. "We call upon the bonds that unite us, our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity."