Vermont senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has admitted that the man who opened fire on GOP lawmakers, had volunteered in his presidential campaign.
James Hodgkinson, who shot and wounded at least five Republicans, was a supporter of Sanders and volunteered for the 2016 campaign in Quad City, Iowa, according to an acquaintance who was also volunteered.
Sanders responded to the news by making a statement on the Senate floor: “I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign. 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.”
The Daily Caller reports:
The shooter, James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., opened fire on the group of Republican lawmakers as they were practicing for Thursday’s annual congressional baseball game. The 66-year-old Hodgkinson, a former home inspector, injured five, including Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise.
Hodgkinson’s social media footprint shows that he was a strong supporter of Sanders. He was also highly critical of Republicans and President Trump, recently calling the latter an “asshole” and “traitor.”
“My hopes and prayers are that Representative Scalise, congressional staff and the Capitol Police Officers who were wounded make a quick and full recovery. I also want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm,” Sanders added.