This morning, at around 7:15 am Eastern Standard time, James T. Hodgkinson, a radical leftist, attacked the Republican congressional baseball team.
He shot the House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in the hip; Matt Mika, former staffer turned lobbyist, in the chest. Both men are in critical condition.
Zachary Barth, a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams of Texas, and Special Agent Crystal Griner were also shot.
Roger Williams and Special Agent David Bailey suffered non-gun shot related injuries in the attack.
Hodgkinson was killed in a firefight with police afterwards.
The left LOVES to paint the right as violent, stupid racists and sexists, but conveniently forgets the many times people have killed in the name of Islam or Leftism.
They also have this annoying notion that they’re superior to the Right somehow.
Just look at Sally Kohn’s tweet.
My sense is that if Trump wins, Hillary supporters will be sad.
If Hillary wins, Trump supporters will be angry.
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) November 9, 2016
How’s that prediction working, eh?
Kathy Griffin and countless others have been promoting assassination, and now actual violence is occurring.
Tell me again which party is the violent, undemocratic one that promotes hatred and bigotry.
An anti-Trump, Republican-hating, Bernie Sanders supporter with a history of domestic violence has been identified as the gunman who opened fire on Republican members of Congress Wednesday morning at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia.
Those damn conservative bigots-
Now, there are a few things you need to know about the shooter.
#1. He claimed that Trump was a traitor.
He was a social media
#2. He hated Republicans, Scalise in particular
Hodgkinson had previously shown his hatred and contempt for Republicans, Scalise in particular, in multiple social media posts.
He was an avid Bernie supporter, posting this on his social media:
“Bernie is a Progressive, while Hillary is Republican Lite,”
Along with these lovely notes of endearment:
“#ScreamAsOne #NeverVotingHill,” and “You’ve been warned DNC. I will NEVER vote Hillary. A nomination for Hillary equals a win for Trump. #NOTWithHer.”
Not sweet enough for you? Well, there is plenty more where that came from…
He was one of those “capitalism is evil” people and a self-proclaimed democratic socialist.
Oh, and there is this gem, too. Man, Hodgkinson sure had a sweet spot for Scalise.
#3. He didn’t get along well with others
He wasn’t just an @sshole in his political life.
He has been accused of:
-Ripping the hair from his daughter’s head
-Punching a woman in the face
-Shooting a man in ’06
Disturbing police report alleging 2006 assault by Alexandria suspect James Hodgkinson on daughter and her friend. pic.twitter.com/kinfA5Itfb
— Ben Hallman (@ben_hallman) June 14, 2017
Add these together and what do you get?
Aimee Moreland, the daughter’s friend, told The Daily Beast the daughter, “told me a lot of stories that he was really awful to her. According to his foster daughter, he was always angry. She was really unhappy there. She had come over to get away from them.”
Moreland also told the news site, “Do I think he’s capable (of the shooting)? Definitely. It sounds really awful, but I’m not surprised. Every interaction I’ve had I’ve thought ‘that guy’s crazy.’”
She said during an initial court hearing after the incident, Hodgkinson had to be removed from court after outbursts. Moreland said she missed a court date and that possibly led to the charges being dismissed.
“Every time the judge would talk to me, he would have an outburst and start screaming,” Moreland said. “I tried to tell the court that this guy’s crazy, that this is a big deal, but they didn’t listen to me.”
Oh, and he was also banned from being a contractor for “unacceptable” and “inappropriate” behavior.
Well I’m not surprised.
His own lawyer called him a ‘bit of a misanthrope’ and ‘an odd little guy’.
You can see his full criminal history in St. Clair County here:
#4. It seems that he had been planning the attack for months.
Again, not surprising.
He did not renew his business license and started spending a lot of time near the YMCA by the park and started to frequent a restaurant, the Pork Barrel BBQ.
An Alexandria resident and attorney, Stephen Brennwald, told the Washington Post he had seen Hodgkinson hanging out often over the past several weeks in the lobby of the YMCA near the baseball field where the shooting occurred. He would come to the YMCA first thing in the morning, take out his laptop or stare out of the window, the Post reports.
“He never worked out. He never talked to anybody. He never did anything,” Brennwald told the newspaper. “He’d just sit there and stare at his laptop. It didn’t seem right, but I figured maybe he’s a law enforcement guy monitoring something. He had this kind of faraway stare.”
Former Alexandria mayor Bill Eurille, a Democrat, told the Washington Post it appeared Hodgkinson was living at the YMCA out of a gym bag. He said they had almost daily conversations and Eurille had tried to get him a job, but Hodgkinson rejected some of the former mayor’s ideas because he didn’t have a bachelor’s degree. They often talked about restaurants and politics.
One of the bartenders told the authorities that he would creep out some of his coworkers.
#5. He carried out the attack from behind third base using trees as cover.
Around 50 rounds were exchanged before Hodgkinson was fatally shot.
An attack like this can shed light on the situation that is the double standard about what can be said by the left and what can be said by the right.
Kathy Griffin played the victim card, but this will be hard to defend.
If a clown wearing an Obama mask is too much for the left to deal with, terrorism should be too.