Law enforcement officers have identified the man who opened fire during a Republican baseball practice Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia.
James T. Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Illinois, is described by a friend as a “passionate progressive,” i.e., a communist, and a campaign worker of socialist former Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who often calls for a “political revolution” in the United States.
Hodgkinson is accused of shooting Republican Congressman Steve Scalise , the House Majority Whip and several others are reportedly shot and injured.
The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that Charles Orear, a restaurant manager from St. Louis, worked with Hodgkinson, who is also a “union tradesman” on the campaign trail for socialist Bernie Sanders in Illinois:
Charles Orear, 50, a restaurant manager from St. Louis, said in an interview Wednesday that he became friendly with James T. Hodgkinson, whom law enforcement officials identified as the shooter, during their work in Iowa on Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. Orear said Hodgkinson was a passionate progressive and showed no signs of violence or malice toward others.
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Orear said when told by phone. “I met him on the Bernie trail in Iowa, worked with him in the Quad Cities area.”
Orear described Hodgkinson as a “quiet guy” who was “very mellow, very reserved” when they stayed overnight at a Sanders’s supporter home in Rock Island, Ill., after canvassing for the senator.
“He was this union tradesman, pretty stocky, and we stayed up talking politics,” he said. “He was more on the really progressive side of things.”
As you can see from screenshots we were able to obtain from James T. Hodgkinson’s Facebook page, which is still available at the time of this writing, Hodgkinson had Bernie Sanders as his header as well as a meme deceptively twisting the words “We the People” to somehow mean “Democratic Socialism” (communism that sounds nicer) as his Facebook photo:
Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis , who was at the baseball practice, said that a man came up to him and asked if it was Republicans or Democrats on the field.
Three minutes later, DeSantis heard bullets flying. Rep. DeSantis has now identified the man as James T. Hodgkinson, proving that his goal was a political assassination.
Progressive leftists, Marxists and communists have long used violent rhetoric that risks inspiring such acts as we saw on Wednesday.
In 2008, Barack Obama said, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”
More recently, in April of this year, a progressive professor called for the execution of Republican congressmen and for President Donald Trump to be hung.
For his part, Bernie Sanders, who honeymooned in the communist Soviet Union during the Cold War and was likely radicalized there, has often called for a “political revolution” in America, which has violent overtones obviously (Revolutionary War).
In March, former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch called for more marching, blood, and death on the streets. Here violence-inspiring remarks are below:
This is second "Bernie Bro" to go on a murder spree, first was in Portland (which was originally blamed on Trump) https://t.co/TEpxisNabR
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) June 14, 2017