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Man who shot congressman was living in van, called a loner

Elaine Woods | 17 June, 2017, 11:28

His repeated brushes with authorities suggest that Hodgkinson grew increasingly short-tempered as he aged. Records show that his inspection license, registered to a company called JTH Inspections, expired in November and had not been renewed.

Suzanne Hodgkinson talks to members of the media reporters about her husband, James Hodgkinson, as St. Clair County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Richard Wagner, right, listens Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Belleville, Ill.

Craig said that Hodgkinson would come in and watch golf on TV. "He came into the office looking for a check and instead of going about it professionally, he was found looking through an employee's desk".

He ran a home inspection business until a year ago, when he lost his license.

However, there are voices and actors on the left that are creating an atmosphere that is more hateful and threatening than anything that we've seen in political debate.

The man who opened fire on Republican members of the congressional baseball team Wednesday morning was distraught over the election of President Donald Trump and traveled to Washington in recent weeks to protest, his brother said Wednesday. One day, he said, he glanced at Hodgkinson's open gym bag and was puzzled.

He volunteered for Sen. I supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, with my vote and my money, and I continue to support his ideas.

The Washington Post first reported the suspect's identity. Bernie Sanders, according to the Vermont senator, who condemned the attack.

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"I go there quite a bit to the post office, and if you didn't sign up with him, he would treat you really jerky", he said. At the time of the shooting Scalise, the third highest-ranking member of the House of Representatives, was being protected by Capitol Police security detail.

On May 22, he wrote "Trump is a Traitor". Exhausted of being in a defensive crouch as Trump comes under attack from Democrats and the media for breeching political norms, some jumped at the opportunity to turn the tables and contend that Democrats, too, are part of the problem. "It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co", Hodgkinson wrote in a March 22 post.

Rep Bost mentioned that while Hodgkinson had been left-leaning in his communications through more than a dozen emails and phone calls, the conversations had always been delivered "never with any threats, only anger".

"The guy's down to a handgun, he dropped his rifle, they shoot him, I go over there, they put him in handcuffs", Conaway said, adding that if the shooter had "gotten inside the fence, where a bunch of guys were holed up in the dugout, it would have been like shooting fish in a barrel". "There's houses over there".

The incident resulted in six criminal charges against Hodgkinson: two counts of domestic battery, two counts of battery, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and criminal damage to a motor vehicle.

Republicans also control both chambers of Congress. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., have dismissed the images of a comedian holding up a bloody mask of the president and the restaging of "Julius Caesar" with a Trump-like emperor being assassinated as playing a role in the baseball field shootings.

Pelosi and other Democrats charged that Trump himself bears responsibility for the virulent state of political discourse - and some said for Wednesday's attack as well, given his embrace of aggressive rhetoric on the campaign trail and the outbreaks of violence at some of his rallies.

I also believe that every American should have healthcare.

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