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GOP baseball practice shooter identified as James T. Hodgkinson

Authorities identified 66 year old James T. Hodgkinson as the man who shot Rep. Steve Scalise and several others during a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. Hodgkinson was shot by police at the scene and later died at a local hospital.

We now know that Hodgkinson was a anti-Trump, Republican-hating Bernie Sanders supporter with a history of domestic violence. Hodgkinson was a small business owner in Illinois who defined himself publicly by his firm support of Sanders' radical progressive politics, his hatred of conservatives, and dislike of President Donald Trump.

"Trump is a traitor. Trump has destroyed our Democracy. It's time to Destroy Trump & Co," Hodgkinson posted on his personal Facebook page on March 22. Hodgkinson posted in February that "Republicans are the Taliban of the USA."

Hodgkinson's public Facebook posts date back to 2012. He had a strong support for leftist politics and was passionate about tax hikes on the rich and universal health care.

"I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign," Sanders said in a statement. "I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms."

There's no shortage of Democrats who have been openly calling for assassination of the President. Some depict it on stage; some have published gruesome images such as Kathy Griffin's beheading.

The problem with such exhortations, apart from being classless, vicious, and despicable, is that it gives mentally deranged individuals a certain level of permission and confidence to take action.

We need to condemn both the acts of violence and those who seemingly incite or cheer violence in the same breath. We are not a bunch of savages, but a civilized society. People should grow up and take full responsibility for their words and deeds.

As for the shooter, Hodgkinson has a history of violence and has been arrested several times before.

The lunatic fringe that is inspired by the left's hate are the potential murderers. These folks spew their hate and venom against the President and then attempt to hide behind feigned ignorance when one of their lunatic adherents rises to the next level.

Progressive leftist would like everyone to innocently believe that their constant drumbeat of disdain and disparaging remarks have no effect. Well, obviously they have had an effect and have persuaded the deranged to follow suit.

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