Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. pic.twitter.com/hyfmmpgXML
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 14, 2017
Right thing to say
In a political season characterized by death threats against candidates, (here & here) it is lamentable, but foreseeable that someone would take those threats to the next level.
Today, in the 154
mass shooting in the United States so far this year, a man opened fire at a baseball practice (there is an annual charity game) for Congressional Republicans:
A man angry with President Trump unleashed a barrage of gunfire Wednesday morning at Republican members of Congress as they held a baseball practice at a park in Alexandria, wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others in a frenzied scene that included a long gun battle with police.
The gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old unemployed home inspector from southern Illinois, died after the shootout. Two Capitol Police officers assigned to Scalise’s security detail were wounded.
Hodgkinson, who had been living in his van in Alexandria for the past few months, had posted anti-Trump rhetoric on his Facebook page and had written letters to his hometown newspaper blaming Republicans for what he considered an agenda favoring the wealthy.
This is the culture that we have created, and this does not bode well for the future of our society.
As an aside the gunman volunteered for the Sanders Campaign in 2015, and Sanders immediately condemned his actions, and he was defended by Sarah Palin (Breitbart, so no link).