The man who opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers playing baseball, James T. Hodgkinson, had a long history of left wing activism, often attacking individual Republican politicians verbally on his social media accounts. Back in 2015, he posted a political cartoon portraying Steve Scalise as a racist. Scalise is still in critical condition after being shot in the hip by Hodgkinson.
Thank God Hodgkinson was the only fatality in his attempted massacre, because he had a lengthy list of other Republicans he apparently planned to target.
According to the Daily Caller, Hodgkinson had a list of Republican names in his pocket that was recovered by the FBI.
The news that the shooter had a list of names suggests the shooting was not a random outburst, but instead appears to be a premeditated political assassination.
The list was written out on notepad paper and found in the shooter’s pocket, according to multiple sources with intimate knowledge of the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the investigation. The list of names included Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan and Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, TheDC has confirmed. Fox News reported after this story that Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais and Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith are also on the list. All six congressmen are members of the House Freedom Caucus, which contains the lower chamber’s most conservative members.
The FBI has contacted the congressmen to inform them of their inclusion on the list. Rep. Franks confirmed to Fox News that law enforcement officials have told him he is on the list.
“For those still wondering, he didn’t hate baseball or beautiful summer mornings in June,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said in reference to this article. “He hated Republicans.”
The FBI’s Washington field office, which is handling the investigation, provided no comment, citing the ongoing investigation. Both Duncan and Brooks attended Wednesday’s baseball practice. Duncan said he spoke with Hodgkinson briefly before the shooting, when the would-be assassin asked him in the parking lot if the players on the field were Republicans or Democrats. Duncan said he answered that the players were Republicans, before leaving the field.
Fox confirms existence of handwritten list Hodgkinson had in van of 6 House GOP mbrs. All Freedom Caucus. Listed CapHill room nmbrs
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 16, 2017
As quickly as the shooting occurred, the liberal media has already appeared to have forgotten about it.
Wouldn’t we still be talking about the consequences of “Donald Trump’s rhetoric” had the political affiliations been reversed? We’d never hear the end of it.