James Hodgkinson, a home inspector from Belleville, Illinois, died at a hospital in Washington, D.C., following a shootout with Capitol Police at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for an upcoming baseball game. The shooter was a Bernie Sanders supporter and vehemently opposed to the Republican party, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Yes, one of those 3 things is not like the other two. Except to James Hodgkinson who once described Clinton as “a Republican in a Democrat’s pants suit”.
And here we go.
After Shooting, Some in GOP Blame Incitement by Democrats
NBC News, JUN 14 2017, 7:31 PM ET
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blamed a "pattern" of "increasing hostility on the left" in an appearance on Fox News, prompting the host to press him on whether it was appropriate to be making such charges at such a time.
Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway stoked the narrative on Twitter, as did Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, retweeting a tweet from a conservative commentator that connected the shooting to a controversial new production of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” In the production, Caesar, who is assassinated on stage, is portrayed in a way meant to invoke Trump.
Others on the right linked the shooting to comedian Kathy Griffin, who was fired from CNN's New Year's Eve special for posing with a fake severed and bloody Trump head. She later apologized.
Former GOP Rep. Joe Walsh posted this on Twitter: “Today's shooter was a hard core Lefty, a big Bernie fan. Too much hate on the left. Way too much. It's dangerous.”
Rep. Chris Collins, R-NY, the first congressman to endorse Trump during last year’s presidential primary, told local station WKBW that Democrats’ “outrageous” rhetoric can incite violence.
And get a load of this headline:
Pastor Who Linked Obama To Antichrist Says Stop Demonizing Politicians
I guess its different when "your people" are getting shot at.
But these voices were outmatched by calls for support and unity in the aftermath of the shooting.
Paul Ryan: ‘An Attack on One of Us is An Attack On All of Us’
NBC News, JUN 14 2017, 5:40 PM ET
Somber and shaken members of Congress put politics aside for at least a few hours as they walked through the halls of the United States Capitol Wednesday after a gunman went on a shooting rampage targeting Republican lawmakers at an early morning bipartisan baseball practice at a nearby Virginia field.