Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and four others were injured Wednesday morning when a gunman opened fire on a baseball practice field in Virginia, where Republican Congressmen had gathered to prepare for their upcoming match against Democrats.
The perpetrator, who died from injuries sustained during the attack, was later identified as James T. Hodgkinson. He belonged to several anti-Republican Facebook groups including one called “Terminate the Republican Party.”
The Facebook group reportedly celebrated his attack on the Congressmen, with one member writing, “And it’s one, two, three shots you’re out at the old ball game!!!”
Hodgkinson, who campaigned for Bernie Sanders last year, has a long history of posting anti-Republican rhetoric on social media. In 2015, he wrote that Scalise should “lose his job.” Two days before the attack, he wrote that President Trump is “the biggest ass hole we have ever had in the Oval Office.”
Bernie Sanders says he is “sickened” by Hodgkinson’s behavior. “Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs against our most deeply held American values.”
Authorities are currently investigating several social media accounts belonging to Hodgkinson.
Editor’s note: This is part of the climate of hate created by Barack Obama.