It was nearly a year ago that all Hell broke loose on a baseball field in the Washington D.C. suburbs, with a radical leftist agitator perched on a hill taking potshots at public servants.
That man was James T. Hodgkinson, an avowed liberal whose internet browsing history read like something out of a modern Alfred Hitchcock plot.
On social media, Hodgkinson presented himself as a Sanders supporter and a longtime critic of Republicans, particularly Trump. (Sanders said in a statement that Hodgkinson had volunteered on his campaign.)
“Trump is a Traitor,” Hodgkinson wrote in a May 22 Facebook post above a Change.org petition to remove Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for treason. “Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”
On Facebook, he was a member of groups including “Terminate the Republican Party,” “The Road To Hell Is Paved With Republicans,” “Donald Trump is not my President,” and “Memic Overlords.” He recently became particularly vocal, posting anti-Trump messages multiple times a day over two Facebook accounts. The Atlanta Journal-Constitutionreports he attacked Republican congressional candidate Karen Handle, writing on Facebook: “Republican Bitch Wants People to Work for Slave Wages, when a Livable Wage is the Only Way to Go!”
Hodgkinson’s brother toldTheNew York Times he was distraught by Trump’s victory. “I know he wasn’t happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff,” Michael Hodgkinson said.
Hopkinson was part of the new breed of democratic liberal who have chosen radicalization over the republic in the age of Trump. With a number of violent incidents occurring in the wake of his attempted slaughter, Hodgkinson will go down in history as the catalyst for whatever violence is to come in this great nation…a concern not only of myself and my fellow political observers, but a concern among politicians as well.
Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks suggested in a radio interview that Republicans are retiring en masse because of assassination fears.
Brooks was speaking on “The Dale Jackson Show” about the first Republican practice the Congressional Baseball Game after last year’s shooting that left Majority Whip Steve Scalise severely injured.
“We have multiple rings of security, plainclothes, uniform, Capitol Police, other police,” he said. “There was a medical vehicle nearby just in case there was a copycat.”
But Brooks said while there were multiple factors that contributed to a slew of Republicans leaving the House, he suggested fears of violence was a major one.
“One of the things that’s concerning me is the assassination risk may become a factor,” he said.
Brooks referred to the fact many members of the Republican baseball team are retiring, including Sen. Jeff Flake and Reps. Ryan Costello, Pat Meehan, Dennis Ross and Tom Rooney.
“You have to wonder with that kind of disproportionate retirement number whether what happened in June played a factor,” he said.
Certainly, Brooks isn’t just putting out a soundbite here. This is scary stuff, and we are living in trying times.
The radical left, who have come out swinging against free speech in their latest tirades, are growing increasingly agitated by the incredible successes of citizen President Donald Trump, and have proven already that they simply have no aversion to violence. If I were a republican congressman, I’d certainly be nervous.