Facebook page linked to reported suspect contains anti-Trump postings

16 June, 2017, 06:09 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Of Virginia Congressional Shooter

The Illinois resident who was taken to hospital after he was gunned down following the attack died from his injuries while he was being rushed to hospital.

Top House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was shot and wounded by a rifle-wielding gunman Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington. Media reports said he was a 66-year-old home inspector. "I also want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm".

He is believed by investigators to have been a person "of strong views", the US official said, without elaborating.

He also wrote frequent letters to his hometown newspaper, the Belleville News-Democrat, which published almost two dozen letters between 2010 and 2012, many of which included complaints about the same theme: income inequality.

Hodgkinson's Facebook page includes numerous photos of Senator Bernie Sanders, whom Hodgkinson appears to have strongly supported during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.

Trump won the USA presidential election in November and took office in January. In 2015, he shared a cartoon of the Representative speaking to hooded KKK members - referencing a 2014 report that the congressman had spoken before a white supremacist group.

"Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy, " he said.

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President Donald Trump made no mention of politics in a brief statement just before noon eastern time.

In March, he posted an anti-Trump message that says, "Trump is a Traitor". Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who lost the Democratic primary nomination to Hillary Clinton but has remained active in calling for Democrats to endorse more progressive policies. According to Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-South Carolina), Hodgkinson approached him prior to the shooting and asked if the congressman playing were Democrats or Republicans.

Online police records showed he was charged in 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle, but those charges were ultimately dismissed. A web page on Yelp indicates that Hodgkinson has been doing home inspections since 1994, and has 30 years experience in construction and remodeling as a general contractor, and that he worked in both Missouri and IL. He added his own sharp critique to the posting. "Many, many, many thousands of people came through the Sanders campaign offices". He referred to Citizens United v. FEC, the landmark 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that eased regulation of campaign spending, as "Citizens Divided".

"I am sickened by this despicable act", Sanders said.

According to a story from The Washington Post, Charles Orear, 50, met and became friendly with Hodgkinson while campaigning for Sanders in Iowa.

Michael Briggs was the communications director for the Sanders campaign.

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