We now know that the shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, was a registered Democrat and a Bernie Sanders supporter. He was also a follower of the #notmypresident movement, and believed that the President was a traitor.
He was also a member of Facebook groups like “Terminate the Republican party,” “Expose Republican Fraud,” and “Donald Trump is not my president.”
Bernie Sanders three days ago advocated a revolution for the United States, targeting the Republican and Democrat parties. He focused on the recent election in the United Kingdom, on how the Labour party refused to bow to the center or the right and won based on moving even further left because it “stood up to the ruling class of the UK.”
The speech came nearly a year after the final contest in the Democratic primary that launched his “political revolution,” and in what many here consider the validating glow of a British election that saw leftist Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party score massive gains in the UK Parliament.
“They won those seats,” Sanders said of Labour, “not by moving to the right, not by becoming more conciliatory — they won those seats by standing (up) to the ruling class of the UK.”
The more interesting part came later, when he started going after Trump.
He repeatedly took jabs at the President, saying he was making cuts of such magnitude to programs that they will be affecting the life and death of millions of Americans. In effect, Bernie Sanders was claiming that President Trump was sentencing people who depend on these programs to death.
Sanders also took a series of stinging shots at Trump, labeling him “perhaps the worst and most dangerous president in the history of our country” and a habitual liar.
He argued that the Republican’s populist campaign pitch was a deception, a Trojan horse that opened the White House doors to a parade of plutocrats.
“This is a man who ran for president … telling the people of this country that he was going to stand up for the working class, that he was going to stand up to the political establishment and then, once he got elected and without a second’s hesitation he brings more billionaires into his administration than any president in history,” Sanders said as the audience booed. “And he hires the former president of Goldman Sachs to be his chief economic adviser.”
He stated in the budget legislation, “Trump makes massive cuts to life and death programs to millions and millions of children, working people, the elderly, the sick and the poor.”
In light of the Bernie Bro shooter today, should Bernie sanders should be held accountable for his inflammatory language and incitement to violence?