It seems like such a long time ago, doesn’t it?
That probably has something to do with how quickly the story vanished from the news.
But, as a matter of fact, it’s only been three and a half years since the Bernie Sanders supporter pictured above shouted, “This is for healthcare!” before putting a bullet in GOP congressman, Steve Scalise.
James Hodgkinson only failed to murder Scalise and massacre another dozen GOP senators and congressman plus whatever family, friends, and aids were unlucky enough to show up at their baseball practice because he was a such lousy shot.
One man who survived the attack was Senator Rand Paul.
Rand Paul says media hid key detail about Democratic terrorist James Hodgkinson: “When he came on the field with a semi-automatic weapon firing probably close to 200 shots at us, shooting five people and almost killing Steve Scalise, he was yelling ‘this is for healthcare!” pic.twitter.com/E9VQ8EDpHs
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 11, 2018
Well Senator Paul asked the million dollar question yesterday on Sean Hannity’s Fox News Show.
To wit, why isn’t Bernie Sanders blamed for inciting Hodgkinson’s attempted murder spree?
But Rand Paul could have included a whole of other Democrats in his question. Because Sanders was just one voice among many spewing the most toxic lies about Donald Trump.
Because, even apart from his devotion to Bernie Sanders, James Hodgkinson left absolutely no doubt about what motivated his murder spree.
In a March 12 post on his now-scrubbed Facebook page, the would-be assassin wrote, “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time To Destroy Trump & Co.”
Where did Hodgkinson get the idea that Donald Trump is a traitor?
Well, President Clinton’s former secretary of labor Robert Reich is one likely source. He wrote a Newsweek column just three months before Hodgkinson’s attempted massacre headlined,
Former MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann, Democratic propagandist Michael Moore, and venerated Democrat wise man Bill Moyers all also explicitly called the president a traitor in the run up to Hodgkinson’s mass assassination attempt.
Of course, the list of Democrat celebrities and politicians who’d accused the president of serving Russian interests without necessarily using the word “traitor” would be way too long to even list.
To take one instance, Rachel Maddow had been incessantly pushing the Russian-collusion hoax on her MSNBC show.
In a report written just two months before the shooting, one of the few remaining honest liberals, Aaron Mate, noted that between February 20 and March 31, 2017, Maddow not only pushed the Russia hoax “more than any other issue.” Maddow’s penchant for deadly slander was so obsessive that she managed to cover it “more than every other issue combined.”
With regard to Hodgkinson’s second deadly delusion that Trump had destroyed democracy, Bill Moyers also ran a piece on his website headlined, Farewell America, in which Trump in which he explictly accuses Trump of doing just that.
The venerable Atlantic Monthly and Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland also both made the same heinous and preposterous accusation. And, once again, the list of Democrat celebrities and politicians who’d, in one way or another, explicitly accused the president of destroying American democracy would be long, indeed.
Moreover, we even know that the assassin held such people in high esteem and paid great attention to their pronouncements. In a series of letters to the editor of the Belleville News-Democrat, Hodgkison wrote:
The best book I’ve read in a while is ‘Aftershock’ by Robert B. Reich.”
In another letter, he said:
One of my favorite TV shows is “The Rachel Maddow Show.”
As I wrote in a column the day after the Scalise was shot:
There can be no real debate about where exactly James Hodgkinson got the ideas that made trying to assassinate a dozen Republican politicians seem not totally unreasonable.
He got them from perfectly mainstream political and intellectual leaders of the Democratic Party. For the past half-year, they’ve been cynically trying to undermine President Trump, raise money, and motivate their base by peddling the most extreme fantasies about the president’s relations with Russia and his threat to American democracy. Anyone with half a brain knew all along that it was only a matter of time before someone started taking their manipulative nonsense seriously, as well as the horrific results.
We can thank the courageous and timely police response for averting a massacre. But there’s no doubt that we can also thank Democratic Party leaders and their media enablers for the attempt. James Hodgkinson has, at least, done us the favor of making that much clear.
So, though Rand Paul was perfectly right to wonder why Bernie Sanders doesn’t get held accountable when one of his supporters screams about socialized health care and starts shooting bullets at GOP congressman, their family, and friends.
But don’t think it was just Bernie Sanders by any means.