The attack on Wednesday in which Bernie Sanders supporter James T. Hodgkinson shot at Republicans as they practiced for their Congressional baseball game is being compared to an incident in 2011, in which Jared Loughner used a legally-acquired handgun to shoot Rep. Gabby Giffords and ended up killing six other people.
A Breitbart report recalls Sanders’ reaction to the Giffords shooting, noting that ABC News quoted Sanders in 2011 as saying, “Nobody can honestly express surprise that such a tragedy finally occurred.” He went on to reference other examples of vandalism against Giffords’ congressional office in Arizona and Sarah Palin’s “Crossshairs” map.
In fact, three days after the shooting, Sanders sent out a fundraising email in which he accused “right-wing reactionaries” of driving people to acts of violence.
Back then, Sanders said, “In light of all of this violence – both actual and threatened – is Arizona a state in which people who are not Republicans are able to participate freely and fully in the democratic process? Have right-wing reactionaries, through threats and acts of violence, intimidated people with different points of view from expressing their political positions?”
He added, “My colleague, Senator John McCain, issued a very strong statement after the shooting in which he condemned the perpetrator of the attack. I commend him for that. But I believe Senator McCain and other Arizona Republicans need to do more. As the elder statesman of Arizona politics McCain needs to stand up and denounce the increasingly violent rhetoric coming from the right-wing and exert his influence to create a civil political environment in his state.”
Sanders could do like McCain and issue his own strong statement condemning the leftist philosophy of the Alexandria gunman, but so far, all we hear are crickets besides the senator’s feeble attempts to distance himself from the killer; telling everyone that even though the man worked on his presidential campaign, he had never met or spoke with him.
According to Breitbart, Sanders could even “‘do more’ by calling out Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and all the other leftists who use rhetoric to divide and conquer for the purposes of gaining power or maintaining the power they have already gained.”
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