USA File: Would-be Scalise assassin, Bernie Sanders supporter with criminal record going back 11 years James Hodgkinson frequented YMCA across street from Simpson Field in Alexandria, VA, apparently conducted 6 weeks of surveillance from this vantage prior to attacking Republican congressmen at ballpark on June 14; before opening fire, gunman approached ballgame participants, inquired “Are these the Republicans or the Democrats,” prompting speculation concerning suspect’s motives; neighbors in Belleville, IL complained of Hodgkinson firing high-powered rifle near residences in March 2017, although ex-home inspector in compliance with Illinois firearms regulations, licensed for concealed carry; YMCA member observed Hodgkinson’s regular use of laptop computer, suspect belonged to “Terminate the Republican Party” Facebook group, ranted: “Trump is a traitor. Trump has destroyed our democracy. It’s time to destroy Trump & Co.”; self-avowed “democratic socialist” Sanders disavows Hodgkinson’s bloody rampage: “I am sickened by this despicable act”
June 14, 2017
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The attack against Scalise and his colleagues appears to have been carefully planned over a number of months. Even if Hodgkinson was some lone nutjob, he was definitely radicalized by the virulent anti-Trump propaganda in both the fakestream and social media.