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James Hodgkinson: The Face of Hate and a Member of “the Resistance”

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On June 14, a man opened fire on a group of Republican politicians and staffers who were practicing for Congress’s annual baseball game. Before doing so, however, he was careful to verify that the men on the field were indeed Republicans.


That man has now been identified as James Hodgkinson, 66.

Those in the Democrat-controlled media were quick to note that Hodgkinson was white; male; and brandishing a gun. They were less ready to share with the public Hodgkinson’s politics—and understandably so.

Hodgkinson, you see, was an avid supporter of Bernie Sanders who was actually part of the Vermont Senator’s presidential campaign.

He was also just as avidly—or rabidly—opposed to the presidency of Donald Trump.

Hodgkinson’s Facebook posts tell you all that you need to know about his political orientation. Readers can see for themselves here. For now, a random selection of Hodgkinson’s pearls will suffice to provide a glimpse into the dark recesses of his soul.

On June 12, just two days before the now (thankfully) deceased Hodgkinson perpetrated a mass shooting, he wrote:

“I Want to Say Mr. President, for being an a**h*** you are Truly the Biggest A** H*** We Have Ever Had in the Oval Office.”

“Make America Great Again [Trump], Resign!”

“Trump is Guilty & Should Go to Prison for Treason.”

“Trump is a Mean, Disgusting Person.”

On June 8, of Georgia Republican Karen Handel, Hodgkinson said that she’s a “Republican B**ch” who “Wants People to Work for Slave Wages, when a Livable Wage is the Only Way to Go! Vote Blue, It’s Right for You!”

America has been turned into a “Fascist State,” so everyone should “Vote Blue, It’s Right for You!”

Hodgkinson linked to a meme for “Bernie Sanders Day” (which is July 26, for those of you who are interested). It contains tips for the ways in which observers can commemorate the failed Democrat presidential candidate.


Just last week, Hodgkinson posted a meme featuring two gay men embracing. The caption reads: “How to solve global warming: Convince Republicans that rising temperatures are turning people gay.”

Like Sanders, Hodgkinson was an unabashed proponent of “Democratic socialism.” He posted: “Democratic Socialism explained in 3 words: ‘We the People’ Since 1776.”

Hodgkinson links to such sites as Yahoo and MSNBC with frequency. A friend of his described him as “a passionate progressive.” Indeed he was that, for Hodgkinson implored Democrat senators to filibuster Neal Gorsuch’s confirmation, impeach Trump, and “tax the rich.” He criticized Reagan-style tax cutting as “trickle-down economics,” believed in anthropogenic “climate change,” and called the GOP “the Taliban of America.”

On May 26, Hodgkinson shared a post from “Republicans Suck.” It read: “Republicans Hate Women, Minorities, Working Class People, & Most All (99%) of the People of the Country.”

He was especially incensed over the GOP’s substitute for Obamacare. “Higher Costs & Less Coverage,” Hodgkinson wrote. “Who Would Have Thought That the Republican Law Makers Don’t Give a Damn About the Working Class in this Country.”

“Vote All Republicans Out of Office is the Start!” he added.

Hodgkinson specifically targeted House Majority Whip and one of his shooting victims, Steve Scalise (who is now in critical condition), by sharing a cartoon that linked the latter to “white supremacy.”

In other words, Hodgkinson was a left-wing Democrat all of the way. He was a fan of Bill Maher and, especially, Rachel Maddow, going so far as to express his wish that the latter would eventually run for the presidency.


A neighbor of Hodgkinson’s, Aaron Meurer, said of him: “I knew he was a Democrat, a pretty hardcore one. I know he wasn’t happy when Trump got elected [.]”

By all accounts, Hodgkinson was not “mentally ill” (unless, as Michael Savage long ago said, “liberalism,” Hodgkinson’s leftist ideology, is a mental disorder”). He was methodical, calculating. Nor is this would-be assassination the occasion to discuss “gun control,” as Hodgkinson’s fellow travelers on the left would have us think. Doubtless, Hodgkinson himself was more likely than not to be a champion of “gun control.”

While it would be grossly unfair and inaccurate to suggest that your average leftist Democrat would so much as think to follow his example, the stone-cold fact of the matter is that Hodgkinson was nothing more or less than the anti-Trump, anti-GOP hatred of the contemporary “progressive” vision taken to its extreme logical term.

Politically speaking, Hodgkinson was indistinguishable from Chuck Schumer, Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, and, of course, Bernie Sanders.

He was politically indistinguishable from every Democrat congressperson and senator who spares no occasion to demonize the Republicans in order to stall President Trump’s agenda: As they cook up the Russian Conspiracy theory to paint the President as a traitor, so too did Hodgkinson specifically label Trump as such.

Hodgkinson was politically indistinguishable from Maddow and virtually every Trump-hating, GOP-hating talking head at CNN, MSNBC, and on the major network news broadcasts.


His Facebook screeds could’ve easily appeared as editorials in the New York Times, Washington Post, Daily News, Huffington Post, The Nation, Salon, Slate, and legions of other leftist publications.

He was politically indistinguishable from our court jesters, the Colberts, Kimmels, and Mahers.

He was politically indistinguishable from Madonna, Kathy Griffin, Snoop Dogg, and every other Hollywood celebrity who labors inexhaustibly to vilify Republicans generally and Trump specifically.

Hodgkinson was politically indistinguishable from the vast majority of academics who are filled with precisely the same ugly thoughts that led him to try slaughtering as many Republicans as he could.

In short, James Hodgkinson, the “hard core” Democrat whose murderous hatred of Trump and all things Republican drove him to try purging the planet of Republicans is now a late member of…“the Resistance.”

This is something for all of us to keep front and center as we move forward.

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