James Hodgkinson, the shooter from Belleville, Illinois who opened fire at a GOP congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning, was a Bernie Sanders supporter, a Trump hater, a member of a Facebook group called “Terminate the Republican Party,” and… in the latest revelation… he was a huge fan of the Rachel Maddow show.
The Belleville News-Democrat, in Hodgkinson’s hometown, has released a whole collection of letters he had written to the paper’s editor over the past few years, stating he often “railed against Republicans and tax policies.”
In the letters, which go back to 2008, Hodgkinson rants against “income inequality” and lowering taxes for wealthy Americans, claiming that was the cause of the Great Depression.
He claims Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly “speak lies and hatred.”
In a July 29, 2012 letter, Hodgkinson said, “One of my favorite TV shows is ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ on MSNBC. Below is that letter:
Trying to buy tax breaks
One of my favorite TV shows is “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC.
On a recent show she stated that 17 very rich men are supplying the Republican Party with more than 60 percent of their campaign contributions.
These men are trying to buy our country. You know they expect something for all this money. That something is that Mitt Romney and a Republican Congress won’t raise their taxes. We all know that the rich don’t pay enough taxes.
In response to letter writer Roddy D. Riggs calling me ignorant and making up facts, I say: Look up “Causes of the Great Depression,” on Wikipedia. Income inequality is on the list. This theory was held by economists Waddill Catchings, William Trufant, Rexford Tugwell, Adolph Berle and John Kenneth Galbraith and influenced Franklin D. Roosevelt.
It held that the economy produced more goods than consumers could purchase because the consumers didn’t have enough income. In the productive 1920s, the mechanization of industry caused layoffs and unemployment started a steady rise but the rich got richer.
If the rich paid their fair share of taxes today, we wouldn’t be in this predicament. We need to vote all Republicans out of Congress. We need to demand Congress add 10 or more brackets to the existing tax code. We need 20 brackets to $20 million, and a 60 percent top marginal rate.
We can get our country back if we all vote the right way.
In his next letter, Hodgkinson puts in a plug for then-President Obama, declaring he “can’t believe how many people are upset with our president. You’d think that the world was full of rich millionaires. Why else would these people talk badly about a guy who has their best interest at heart?”
In another letter, dated January 24, 2009, he advocates for the legalization of marijuana, claiming that would stimulate the economy.
Hodgkinson rants against wealthy people in a July 12, 2008 letter, denouncing anyone who “increases his wealth in time of war,” calling them traitors of their country:
I believe that anyone who increases his wealth in time of war is a war profiteer, and as such should be brought up on such charges. I also believe this includes President Bush, Vice President Cheney, most of their cabinet, all the people of Halliburton and anyone in the oil business. These people should pay for the crime of war profiteering and being traitors to their country.
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