Performer John Di Domenico Shares Stories From Las Vegas After the Shooting

John Di Domenico, a performer known for his spot-on impersonations of President Donald Trump, was part of the entertainment community in Las Vegas when he lived there for six years. He shared his thoughts and emotions after the tragic shooting late Sunday night.

Several of his friends were attending the Jason Aldean concert where a gunman fired across the crowd to kill dozens of people and wound more than 500. At least 58 people have died in the biggest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Despite the fear and shock, his friends shared stories of self-sacrifice that they witnessed in front of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

“People really dig down and figure out how to focus and help others,” Di Domenico said.

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

DOC: It's Doc Thompson in for Glenn Beck. I'm regularly heard on TheBlaze Radio Network. TheBlazeRadio.com. You want to find out more, follow me on Twitter. It's @DocThompsonShow. My buddy and cohort from The Morning Blaze, Kris Cruz, as well as Kal is spinning the dials radio-style for us as well.

Last night, just hours ago, on the strip in Las Vegas, a gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Hotel fired countless rounds into the crowd below, including a concert across the street. As it stands, 50 people confirmed dead. That number is likely to grow. Over 400 injured.

Just to give you the quick update. One suspect killed himself as police broke into his room. 64-year-old Stephen Paddock is his name. (cuts out)

DOC: When a man blew up the school there. Just to put it all into perspective. Prior to today, the deadliest mass shooting in America was the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Prior to that, it was Sandy Hook.

Our friend John Di Domenico is a Trump supporter and entertainer who lives in Las Vegas. We've had him on this program and our program on the past, and has a little perspective living just, ten, 15 minutes from the Mandalay Bay.

Hey, John, how are you?

JOHN: Hey, Doc, how are you doing, man?

DOC: This is so bad, John. This is so horrible.

JOHN: This is a very small town. I moved here six years ago and was very lucky to be part of the entertainment community here. I had multiple friends at the festival. And two women, particularly. One is a singer. One is a country singer. She -- I saw that she was there. I was checking Instagram, Facebook. They were having a great time. Posting photos.

And then right before I went to bed, I checked again, and they said they were being shot at.

DOC: Wow.

JOHN: And the one woman -- I don't want to give any names for privacy. But the one -- (cuts out) was great. They're just shattered. They're horrified. This is their hometown. They went there to have a great time. And they were almost killed. So it -- it's just a horrible, horrible situation.

DOC: Well, John, let's look at a different perspective there. You're right. This is horrible. And obviously, we never want this to happen. We certainly don't want it to happen again. But let's look at some of the, albeit, small by comparison, but positive stories. The stories of self-sacrifice like that, people pushing others out of the way.

JOHN: Yeah.

DOC: Sacrificing themselves. Covering people. And ended up taking a bullet and dying themselves.

JOHN: Right.

And I just want to read you the line, what she wrote. A man that we did not know laid on top of us and covered Amy's head. He was shot from behind. The lady right next to us was grazed in the neck. So, yeah, there was a lot of heroism. We have amazing first responders here, incredible police. I also had -- you know, like I said, I had multiple friends there. And beyond the fact that it's hard to believe, yeah, a lot of people rose to the occasion. Were able to kind of be clear, move people out, get people behind the stage, get people to safety. So, yeah, there's -- in these -- in these moments, in these tragedies, people really speak out and figure out a way to focus and help others.

DOC: John, tell me about this venue. When I lived in Vegas, it was in the early '90s. The Mandalay Bay wasn't even there. It was the Hacienda back in the day. And then the strip ended up developing quite a bit after I left.

Tell me about this outdoor venue. It's diagonally across the street?

JOHN: Yeah. So Mandalay Bay is at the southern end of the Las Vegas (cuts out).

DOC: That space, it's many acres.

KRIS: Yeah, it's huge.

JOHN: It's huge.

KRIS: Like John said, you can fit the iHeartRadio concert. A lot of people do different concerts. And I actually didn't know that, that the American ninja warrior was filmed. There. That makes sense.

DOC: That makes sense.

JOHN: They fill tons of stages. And you can move around. And they have a lot of festivals. And card games. And this -- this man obviously knew this was coming to town. And he obviously asked for a room on the high floor. And then did what -- he did the unthinkable. And has shattered many, many people's lives. Killed many people.

DOC: We figured this morning, we speculated, and it made a lot of sense that he likely did this to time it when the concert was there, because he's going to have thousands and thousands of people that are a target. And that's how it seems this morning.

JOHN: Yeah.

DOC: It's interesting, John. We're looking at the pictures coming out of the Mandalay Bay this morning. And there are two windows, on the hotel, that are broken out. But it's interesting because those windows are dozens of those little squares. I don't know if that represents --

CALLER: They're full-sized windows. They're full-sized windows.

DOC: So would one of those be a room?

JOHN: Three of them would probably be a room.

DOC: So we're seeing them at kind of a point.

KRIS: It's like an X.

DOC: Yeah, it's like -- yeah, it's like that. Is on kind of like one of the points. And then eight to ten windows, kind of down the side, is another broken out window. We don't know why yet. Interesting.

JOHN: Uh-huh. Yeah, I have -- I have no idea about -- about that. I -- and this is, you know -- it would seem to me that there were -- there was another shooter. I don't want to --

DOC: Yeah, the police have not confirmed that. It could have been him. It could have been somebody else breaking out the window. It could have been anything.

JOHN: Also there's echo there. Terrible. But he was very calculating on how he did this and timed it and his angle and all those things.

DOC: So, John, I was thinking about it this morning and talking about priorities and about how some reason we don't prioritize what's important. And a lot of us don't in our own lives. It's easy to get pissed off at somebody in front of you in traffic or whatever. And you go, you know what, at least I wasn't shot up in Vegas, right? That's how it was. (cuts out)

DOC: -- melting down. I mean, this is ridiculous.

JOHN: It is. And, you know, we're -- you know, we love this -- we've all loved this country. And we're smart people. And a lot of us are from -- a lot of people who are at each other are from a lot of the same places. That have the same -- actually the same core values. When stuff like this -- you make a great point. When stuff like this happens, those other things are so trivial and actually would be so easy to come to an agreement on or get around in some way. You know what I mean? Let's work this out.

We love this country. It's an amazing place. We're living in -- you know, all -- this wonderful time as far as technology, all these things that are happening.

But to see something like this and then we're -- like you just said, a few days ago --

DOC: So stupid. You know.

JOHN: Yeah. Our lives are so short and so precious, and we're wasting time.

DOC: Screwing around with that stuff.

JOHN: Yeah.

DOC: See, John, there's no bringing back the 50 people that were killed. But still, we could come to some reasonable conversation -- or, reasonable understanding about statues, right? There's nobody dead there, right? Columbus Day being offensive to some people. Okay. We can have that discussion because nobody is dead.

JOHN: Right. Yeah. We're getting -- we're getting tied up in wasting our lives, actually.

DOC: All right.

JOHN: It's time to refocus and get back to things that are important, like human life.

DOC: Exactly. Right. That may matter, okay.

JOHN: Yeah.

DOC: John Di Domenico, buddy. Thanks so much for joining us. Okay?

JOHN: Thank you, guys. And thanks for all your prayers for Las Vegas. This is a great town. And we're going to come back. This is a great place to come and have a great time. And the police are amazing. And the first responders, like I said.

DOC: All right, John. Thanks, buddy. What I'll do is I'll tweet out a link to John's account as well so you can find him. He's a good guy.

Soros is trying to elect MORE TEXAS RINOs. Here's how YOU can stop him.

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Texas is under threat of a George Soros-backed takeover.

Soros-funded RINO judges have been elected in some of the highest courts in Texas. These judges implemented restrictions that have blocked nearly a thousand cases of voter fraud from being investigated or prosecuted from across the state. These new restrictions are similar to ones in place in states like George, Arizona, and Wisconsin, leaving Texas more susceptible to election corruption than ever. If Texas falls to corruption, America will lose its largest bastion of conservative electoral power in the nation. Without Texas, Republicans WILL NOT be able to win national elections and liberal corruption will go unchecked across the country.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this: YOU.

If you live in Texas you have a chance to stand up against corruption and to fight back! Starting Tuesday, February 20th, early voting for the primaries begins, where three of these judges are up for election. Go out and vote. If the right people are voted in, there's a good chance the restrictions will be lifted and election fraud can once again be prosecuted.

But remember, you can't just go in and vote for anyone who has an "R" next to their name. Sorors knows that a registered Democrat would never stand a chance in Texas, so his lackeys register as Republicans and ride the little "R" right into office. So who do you vote for?

Fortunately, Glenn had Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on his show today and Ken gave us his list of judges that he vouches for. His list is as follows:

  • Gina Parker
  • Lee Finley
  • David Schenck
The Primary Election runs from February 20th to March 5th. This is your chance to get out there and make a difference. It might be the most important election you ever participate in. If you need to know where your nearest polling location is, or any other information regarding the election, you can go to votetexas.gov to find out more.
It's time to stand up.

Hypocrisy EXPOSED: The 'Amazon Files' and what WE are doing about it

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Who is really banning books?

For years now, Conservatives have been taking flak from the left for supposed "book bans." The left likes to compare these "bans" to Nazi book burnings, accusing the right of sweeping authoritarian decrees designed to suppress information. In reality, this is a movement largely motivated by parents, who want to remove inappropriate books from children's libraries.

But if you want to discuss authoritarian book bans, look no further than the White House. As Glenn recently covered, the Biden administration has been pressuring the world's largest bookseller, Amazon, into suppressing books they disagree with.

On February 5th, 2024, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan released a slew of subpoenaed documents that exposed pressure placed on Amazon by the Biden Administration. The documents, which Jordan dubbed "The Amazon Files" after Elon Musk's "The Twitter Files," revealed an email conversation between Andrew Slavitt, a former White House senior adviser, and Amazon employees. In these emails, Slavitt complained that the top search results for books on "vaccines" were "concerning" and then requested that Amazon intervene. Amazon initially refused, not out of some altruistic concern for the free exchange of information. They thought any action taken would be "too visible" and would further exasperate the “Harry/Sally narrative,” referring to the outrage that followed Amazon's removal of Ryan T. Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally.

Despite this initial refusal, Amazon agreed to meet with the White House a few days later. The number one item on their agenda was removing books from the website. An Amazon employee even admitted that the reason they even took this meeting was due to the pressure being placed on them by the Biden Administration.

What was the result of this meeting? Amazon caved. They began to implement ways of limiting the outreach of books that challenged the mainstream vaccine narrative and other books the White House might not like.

The White House was caught red-handed pressuring the world's largest bookseller to restrict the sale of books they consider in opposition to their narrative, and they have the gall to accuse conservatives of information suppression. This is just ONE of many actions committed by the Biden Administration that are more characteristic of a dictator than a president.

What can you do about it? Fortunately, you are not dependent on Amazon and its corrupted algorithm to help you find books. Every week right here on GlennBeck.com, we highlight books that Glenn is reading or talking about in our "Glenn's Bookshelf" series. Here you can find a wide selection of books free from Amazon's filters. Be sure to sign up for Glenn's newsletter to find out about new additions to "Glenn's Bookshelf" every week.

10 times Biden has acted like a DICTATOR

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The left-wing media's most recent tirade is accusing Trump of being a dictator. But, as Glenn said, "Everything they're accusing us of, they're doing."

Since day one, the Biden administration has overstepped the bounds placed on the executive branch set by the Constitution. In Glenn's most recent TV Special, he examined ten times Biden acted like a dictator, NOT a president. Here are 10 of Biden's Dictator Moves, and click HERE to get ALL of the research that went into this week's Glenn TV special:

5 ways to protect your First Amendment rights. Number 4 will surprise you.

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Every day it seems Glenn covers another story revealing how people across the world at all levels of power DESPISE the fact that YOU have rights, and they are actively trying to curtail them. Recently, there has been a string of attacks against the rights outlined in the First Amendment: the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, the freedom of assembly, and the freedom to petition.

As a refresher, the First Amendment reads as follows:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

This is powerful stuff, there is a good reason the Founding Fathers made it the FIRST Amendment. It's also the reason why power-hungry elites are attacking it. These attacks are designed to control the way you think, speak, and believe, vote, what you read, and who holds your representatives responsible. The First Amendment is our strongest weapon against tyrants, and they know it.

So what can you do about it? Hope that some wig in Washinton will eventually do something? We know how well that works. The best thing to do is to stay active, engage in the issues you care about, and exercise your rights.

So where to start? Here are a few things YOU can do to protect your First Amendment rights:

Religion

The best way to flex your Freedom of Religion is to—you guessed it—practice your faith. Become an active member in your place of worship, go to scripture studies, invite your friends to that late afternoon event, and walk the life. This can impact the way you spend money as well. Shop the businesses and brands that share your values, and don't shop at the ones that scorn them. Keeping the community alive and healthy is the best way to ensure that generations to come will be able to experience the freedom you enjoy.

Speech

Much like religion, the best way to protect your freedom of speech is... to speak. Engage your friends and family in polite, civil conversation. Stand up for what you believe in, and make your case to your peers. Just remember to keep it friendly. No one ever won an argument by shouting down their opponent. The civil exchange of ideas is the cornerstone of our republic, and a dialogue where the participants are well-informed, considerate, compassionate, and open-minded can have permanent impacts on all involved.

Press

Freedom of the Press seems a little tricky at first. Unless you work for the media, what are you supposed to do? Quit your job and go work for the local newspaper? The good news is that exercising this right is not nearly that difficult. In fact, you are currently doing it. The best thing you can do is to read from outlets that produce informative content. Want to know what Glenn consumes to stay informed every day? Sign up for Glenn's Morning Brief newsletter to get all the stories Glenn gets sent to his desk every day sent straight to your inbox.

Assembly

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Freedom of assembly is one of the more impactful yet underutilized freedoms in the First Amendment. Peaceably assembling and protesting with like-minded individuals can hugely influence politicians and policies while simultaneously creating community and fellowship between attendees. It's understandable why more people don't turn out. We're all busy people with busy schedules, and flying out to D.C. for the weekend seems like a daunting task to many. Thankfully, you don't have to go out all the way to D.C. to make a difference. Gather some like-minded people in your town and bring awareness to issues that impact your community. Big change starts locally, and exercising your freedom to assemble can be the catalyst to lasting impact.

Petition

If you've been a long-time listener of Glenn, then you will have heard a few of his calls to action where he asks his audience to contact their representatives about a particular piece of policy. There is a good reason Glenn keeps on doing those: they work. Whether it's your local mayor or your senator, a call and an email go a long way. If you really want to make a change, convince your friends and family to reach out as well.