So Hodgkinson had a long history of violence and anti social behavior. But I want to focus on his clueless family members who did nothing to stop his actions that led to the serious injury of numerous people.
James Hodgkinson, the Illinois man accused of shooting lawmakers and aides during a congressional baseball practice Wednesday, was pronounced dead by the president. Here’s what we know so far.
Michael Hodgkinson, the suspect’s brother, told the New York Times that James had become upset about the election of President Donald Trump and had moved to the Washington DC area “out of the blue” to protest.
Former Alexandria mayor Bill Euille told the Washington Post that he had seen James Hodgkinson every morning for the last month and a half at the local YMCA gym, using the showers.
Mr Euille said he was helping Hodgkinson look for a job in the area and that it appeared he may have been homeless.
“He’d open up his gym bag and in it, he had everything he owned. He was living out of the gym bag,” the mayor told the paper. “He sat in the Y’s lobby for hours and hours.”
Hodgkinson’s wife told the ABC News that her husband moved to Virginia two months ago.
A history of trouble with the law
On March 19, police responded to reports of shots fired in the woods near Hodgkinson’s home. Hodgkinson was advised not to discharge his weapon in the area.
Hodgkinson letters: “I have never said ‘life sucks,’ only the policies of the Republicans.”
Derik Holtmann/Belleville News-Democrat, via AP
Hodgkinson has written a number of letters to the editor of the Belleville News-Democrat.
In them, he often railed against Republicans and tax policies, and at least once advocated for legalizing marijuana. A sampling is below.
AUG. 28, 2012
An idea worth repeating
“…We need to bring our country out of today’s recession by raising the number of tax brackets from six to 20 or more and the top marginal rate of 35 percent on $380,000 to 60 percent on $20 million or more. In 1938 we had 33 brackets from 4 percent for most of the country to 79 percent for income over $79 million.
JULY 8, 2012
Obama’s for U.S. workers
“I 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?
I believe anything near these rates would be fair and balanced. In rebuttal: I have never said “life sucks,” only the policies of the Republicans.”
JAN 24, 2012
“I believe to stimulate the economy, it is time to legalize or at least decriminalize marijuana use.
Also to fund the government deficit I hope the Obama administration raises the income tax rate for the rich to 70 percent or more. If a person has an annual income of more than $10 million, he should be proud to be an American and proud to live in a country that would allow this kind of income, and proud to pay his fair share of taxes.
JAN 28, 2011
Greedy instead of grand
“There’s a new version of what GOP stands for. It’s not the Grand Old Party anymore. It’s the Greedy One Percenters….
…We need to vote all Republicans out of office. Let’s work to get this country back. Let’s all push for 20 brackets to $20 million with a top marginal rate of 60 percent.
Hints of an anti-Scalise stance
On October 16, 2015, Hodgkinson “liked” this anti-Scalise cartoon on Facebook, posting “Here is a Republican who should Lose His Job, but they Gave Him a Raise.” Hodgkinson’s Facebook page has since been deactivated.
“Trump is a Traitor”
On March 22, Hodgkinson posted that he had just signed a Change.org petition calling on the Senate to remove the president and vice president. “Trump is a Traitor,” he wrote, “Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”
“I want Bernie to Win the White House”
On August 12, 2016, Hodgkinson posted his support for Bernie Sanders.
POLITICO STAFF | 06/14/2017 and Jessica Lussenhop BBC News