Shooter James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill: Hates Donald Trump, the Republican Party and ardent supporter of Bernie Sanders.
According to The Washington Post, Hodgkinson campaigned for Bernie Sanders in Iowa during the last Presidential election.
According to Heavy, Hodgkinson’s profile also contains a post in which he states, “Trump is a traitor. Trump has destroyed our democracy. It’s time to destroy Trump & Co.”
The left loves to ‘study’ everything, why not study the disease of left-wing violence.
The shooter at the GOP congressional baseball practice this morning is James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., according to law enforcement officials. Hodgkinson, 66, owns a home inspection business. His home inspection license expired in November 2016 and was not renewed, state records show.
Hodgkinson was charged in April 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle, according to online records in St. Clair County, Illinois. The charges were dismissed, records show.
While police have refused to confirm whether the attack was politically motivated, Hodgkinson’s Facebook page seems to indicate he was a Bernie fan and didn’t particularly care for Donald Trump.
“I want to say Mr. President, for being an ass hole you are Truly the Biggest Ass Hole We Have Ever Had in the Oval Office.”
Before the shooting, Rep. Ron DeSantis was leaving when he was asked by a man in parking area, “Are those Republicans or Democrats out there practicing?”
DeSantis said the man who asked him the question fit the description of the shooter.
Rand Paul: Had the Capitol Police not been there it would have been a massacre.
- ‘The gunman was there to kill as many Republican members as possible.’
Senator Rand Paul, who was not hurt, said that without the armed officers, all of those targeted would have died: ‘Had they not been there, it would have been a massacre. As terrible as it is, it could have been a lot worse.
- ‘The only reason why any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover.
The gunman who opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice session on Wednesday morning, injuring four people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, has been named as James T. Hodgkinson.
The shooter from Belleville, Illinois, fired up to 100 rounds from a high powered rifle from the third base dugout at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, as the group practiced batting at around 7:00 a.m.
He was eventually shot by two U.S. Capitol Police officers who were accompanying Scalise. They were both wounded as they exchanged gunfire.
Hodgkinson,who was named by CBS News, is now in custody and undergoing treatment at a local hospital.
A congressional staffer for Texas Rep. Roger Williams was also shot. Senator Rand Paul, who was at the scene but was not injured, described it as a ‘killing field.’
A man thought to be the shooter asked if the group were Republicans or Democrats before opening fire, Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis said. North Carolina Rep. Mike Walker told NBC News the ‘gunman was there to kill as many Republican members as possible.’
Michigan Rep. Mike Bishop described how one man – thought to be part of Scalise’s Capitol Police protection detail – stood his ground to return fire as the congressmen and at least one of their children dove for cover in a dugout and Scalise dragged himself across the field after being hit, leaving a trail of blood behind
He told CBS Detroit: ‘As we were standing here this morning, a gunman walked up to the fence line and just began to shoot. I was standing at home plate and he was in the third base line. He had a rifle that was clearly meant for the job of taking people out, multiple casualties, and he had several rounds and magazines that he kept unloading and reloading.’
He said: ‘The only reason why any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover.’
‘We were inside the backstop and if we didn’t have that cover by a brave person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there and every one of us would have been hit — every single one of us.
‘He was coming around the fence line and he was looking for all of us who had found cover in different spots. But if we didn’t have return fire right there, he would have come up to each one of us and shot us point-blank.’
The group was practicing for a charity match which is due to take place on Thursday at Nationals Park when they were attacked. Three men escaped and took shelter in an apartment building nearby.
The gunman, who reportedly used an M4 rifle, opened fire as all the men stood on the field. Most dove for cover in a dugout while Scalise was dropped by his wound
…’There was a blood trail about 10 to 15 yards long from where he was shot to wear he crawled to right field,’ he told CNN.
Brooks caught a brief glimpse of the shooter and described him as a white, middle-aged male. He said he described him as being ‘a little on the chubby side’ but not obese. No more information about him is being offered by police.
Scalise, as a member of the House leaderhsip, was the only one in the group who had been accompanied by a Capitol Police security detail.
Senator Rand Paul, who was not hurt, said that without the armed officers, all of those targeted would have died
‘Had they not been there, it would have been a massacre. As terrible as it is, it could have been a lot worse.
STUDY: Conservatives Control the Purse Strings in America – Purchasing 60% of All Products and Services
- 57% of the purchasing power in the US is by Republican or conservative households. This is nearly 3 out of 5 household dollars are spent by conservative households. If you take away California and New York the results would be even more lopsided.
- 36 of the 39 poorest districts in America were Democratic districts.
( The Gateway Pundit by Joe Hoft ) Our study shows that conservatives in the US control the purchasing power of nearly 60% of all household purchases in the country.
We performed an analysis to determine whether conservatives or liberals account for more of the purchases of products and services in the US. To determine this we obtained various sources of data.
We first obtained the most recent information we could find regarding purchasing power per US household per state. This data was readily available from 2015. Next we obtained the number of households per state which was available from the US Census Bureau along with population. Finally, we obtained the number of representatives per party in the House of Representative for the same time period (2015). We used the US House of Representatives as it is a good estimate of the level of conservative versus liberal households in a state.
By multiplying the purchasing power per household by the number of representatives per party per state we derived the purchasing power equivalent for each party.
Our results show that 57% of the purchasing power in the US is by Republican or conservative households. This is nearly 3 out of 5 household dollars are spent by conservative households. If you take away California and New York the results would be even more lopsided.
The results of our study are not shocking. In May of 2014 we performed an analysis of Congressional Districts at that time. The outcome of that study showed similar results. We collected the 2012 US census data housed at the government census site. We also obtained a list of Congressional Representatives and their party affiliation from the US Congressional website for the 113th Congress voted into office starting in 2012.
What we found from the US Census data was that Democrats were the party of the super rich with 14 of the top 20 richest districts in America being Democratic districts at that time.
But what was also found was that 36 of the 39 poorest districts in America were Democratic districts.
(Note that the data used at that time did not include the US territories of Guam, Samoa, Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico which are also represented by Democrats and are also very poor districts.)
The working class districts were represented by Republicans by almost a two-to-one ratio.
If you excluded the 20 richest districts and the bottom 39 poorest districts there were 225 Republican working class districts and only 152 Democrat working class districts. Republicans overwhelmingly represented the middle class districts by almost a two-to-one ratio.
The middle class has the purchasing power in the US and the middle class predominantly votes Republican.
US corporations take note because conservatives are the people who buy your products and services.
( Daily Mail ) Republican candidate Greg Gianforte used his victory speech after winning the Montana special election on Thursday to apologize for body-slamming a Guardian journalist the day before.
Within minutes of being declared the winner, Gianforte appeared on stage at his campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana, with his wife Susan.
Between chants of ‘drain the swamp’ from his gathered supporters, he found a moment to apologize to reporter Ben Jacobs who he ‘body-slammed’ the previous day.
‘Last night, I made a mistake and I took an action that I can’t take back and I’m not proud of what happened.
‘I should not have responded in the way that I did…I should not have treated that reporter that way and for that I am sorry, Mr Ben Jacobs,’ he said.
It was a marked change from the campaign statement he issued on Wednesday which blamed the scuffle on ‘liberal journalist’ Jacobs and came after calls from House Speaker Paul Ryan who implored him to apologize.
Gianforte won the election with 50.4 percent of the vote over his Democrat opponent Rob Quist’s 43.9.
GOP JUSTIN AMASH WANTS TRUMP IMPEACHED IF NYT OVER-THE-PHONE UNSEEN, UNVERIFIED JAMES COMEY MEMO IS TRUE
Republican Justin Amash wants impeachment of President Trump if so-called Comey memo is true. The over the phone memo leaked to NYT allege Trump told former FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation on former national security adviser Michael Flynn. New York Times used an over the phone UNSEEN, UNVERIFIED memo from a James Comey associate as their source…so much for journalism.
From The Hill :
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) on Wednesday said reports that President Trump pressed ousted FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation would merit impeachment if true, becoming the first Republican lawmaker to broach the idea.
The New York Times on Tuesday reported that Trump tried to pressure Comey to stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn, citing a memo written by Comey.
Asked by The Hill if the details in the memo would merit impeachment if they’re true, Amash replied: “Yes.”
“But everybody gets a fair trial in this country,” Amash added as he left a House GOP conference meeting.
Asked by another reporter whether he trusted Comey’s word or Trump’s, Amash said: “I think it’s pretty clear I have more confidence in Director Comey.”
TRAITORS! SENIOR GOP SENATORS ‘LAUGHED OUT LOUD’ AT TRUMP’S PROMISE OF BUILDING A WALL, SAID ‘IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN’…WIMPS!
The GOP wimps and traitors! Conservative radio host and author Laura Ingraham told Sean Hannity on Tuesday that Senior Republican Senators “laughed out loud” and said “Don’t worry, it’s not going to happen” when talking about President Trump’s promise of building a border wall. Drain the GOP swamp!
Laura Ingraham: One thing I know for sure, Sean, is that we have way too many people on Capitol Hill who are not on the president’s side of this. I’m talking Republicans. So I have no doubt in my mind that Donald Trump wants this wall to be built. Congress has to appropriate the money. I heard over two months ago that GOP leadership, the most senior senators on Capitol Hill, and I heard it from someone who was in the room with them, they were laughing at an idea a wall would ever get built. Out loud laughing. They were recently telling that source of mine, “Don’t worry, it’s not going to happen.”