James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois has been identified as the terrorist responsible for opening fire on a group of Republican Congressmen at a baseball practice earlier today, hitting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), according to a report by NBC News. Hodgkinson was shot by Capitol Police and later died of his injuries.
Hodginson is said to have initially approached Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), asking them whether the group playing baseball were Republicans or Democrats. He then returned to his vehicle, presumably to collect his weapons, before firing at the Republican politicians on the field.
Hodgkinson’s Facebook page provides an important insight into his ideological persuasion. It features a profile picture praising democratic socialism, and a cover photo featuring Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT). On his wall, he makes clear his endorsement of Sen. Sanders, saying, “I want Bernie to win the White House”, as he “really care about the working class”. He also expresses an admiration of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), declaring that he is in favor of “Sanders/Warren 2016”.
Hodgkinson describes President Trump as a “traitor”, and ominously suggests “it’s time to destroy Trump & co”. His wall is replete with criticisms of Trump, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the Tea Party and the Koch brothers. He portrays conservatives as “bigoted racists that want the rich to get richer at the expense of the 99%.”
His Facebook groups also offer valuable information on his beliefs. Hodgkinson was a member of dozens of progressive discussion groups, including “Democrats Are Welcome”, “Rachel Maddow for President 2020 The Democrats”, “Sanders for President 2020”, “President Bernie Sanders”, “Boycott the Republican Party” and “The Road To Hell Is Paved With Republicans”.
Hodgkinson’s attack is just the latest in a streak of recent violent incidents perpetrated by the left. Radicalized by the rise of Donald Trump, many on the left eschewed electoral politics and took to the streets. Last June, an illegal immigrant attempted to seize a police officer’s gun at a Trump rally in order to kill the then-Republican nominee. At the inauguration in January, a parked limo was set ablaze by ANTIFA activists. In April, radical leftists deployed smoke bombs and firecrackers against supporters of President Trump and conservative commentator Ann Coulter in Berkeley, California, leading to clashes between the two groups. Now, it appears that Republican Congressmen have become targets of what can only be described as a gang of far-left domestic terrorists.
Update: Sen. Sanders has confirmed James Hodgkinson was a volunteer on his presidential campaign.