Many Twitter users have speculated that Bostian may have been a gay “diversity” hire by the government-funded Amtrak.
While saying he did not want to draw undue attention to the driver’s sexual orientation, talk radio titan Rush Limbaugh protested the media’s silence. “If he was a Tea Party activist, if he listened to talk radio, that’s all we would know about the guy, and it would be the reason why he was guilty,” he said.
Via the Advocate:
Bostian isn’t even the first gay engineer to be helming a train that went off the rails with fatal consequences. The conductor of a Metrolink train that collided head-on with a freight train in California in 2008 was gay. In a much more important and relevant detail, he was also texting moments before the train crashed, killing 25 people.
— Graham Wellington (@TheRobertBriggs) May 14, 2015