The man who opened fire with a rifle at a GOP congressional baseball practice June 14 in Alexandria, Virginia despised President Donald Trump, his Facebook posts indicate.
The 66-year-old shooter, identified by law enforcement as James T. Hodgkinson, shot Rep. Steve Scalise in the hip, a staffer and two Capitol Police officers.
The lawmakers were holding a baseball practice ahead of a charity game against the Democrats scheduled for June 15.
All of the victims in the shooting remain hospitalized. Hodgkinson died from the injuries that he suffered when Capitol Police returned fire, Trump said at a press briefing. His motive in the shooting is currently unknown, and the Secret Service has said that he wasn’t on its radar.
According to his social media profiles, Hodgkinson used to own a construction business and resided in Belleville, Illinois with his wife. His Facebook posts indicate that he was a strong supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election and even volunteered for his campaign.
Hodgkinson’s last post to his Facebook page was one day before he opened fire at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria. It was a meme that he shared to his friends from the musical Schoolhouse Rock! The satiric post said that the way a bill is created is when “corporations write the bill and then bribe Congress until it becomes a law.”
Other posts to his Facebook page show a strong dislike of President Trump, his administration and his policies. His “likes” on Facebook included a number of Hillary Clinton organizations as well as Sen. Elizabeth Warren and filmmaker Michael Moore. In addition to those “likes,” Hodgkinson was subscribed to a number of extremist groups such as “The Road to Hell is Paved With Republicans,” “Terminate the Republican Party” and more.
Hodgkinson Was Vocal About His Dislike of Trump
While his opinion of Sanders was strong and favorable, his hatred for President Trump seemed to be even stronger.
As recent as June 12, Hodgkinson filled his Facebook page with anti-Trump messages. In the most recent posting, he shared a Yahoo! news post about Trump, and he posted it with the caption: “I want to say Mr. President, for being an ass hole you are truly the biggest ass hole we have ever had in the Oval Office.”
Also on June 12, Hodgkinson shared a post to his friends from the liberal Facebook page “Fight the Right.” It was a meme that said “All in all it’s just another prick in the wall,” a parody of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall.” Hodgkinson accompanied the post with the camption: “Make America Great Again, Resign!”
On March 22, Hodgkinson posted a link to sign a petition on Change.org. The petition was seeking to remove Trump and Vice President Mike Pence from office for “misprision of treason.” He accompanied the post by saying “Trump is a traitor. Trump has destroyed our democracy. It’s time to destroy Trump & Co.”
Hodgkinson also had a Twitter account, though he seldom tweeted. On April 5, he tweeted to Democrats in Senate to filibuster Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
On Christmas Day 2016, Hodgkinson posted another petition to Facebook about supporting Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts’ bill that sought to end any conflict of interests that Trump may have.
Hodgkinson wrote in the post about Trump: “We don’t need or deserve a billionaire for president. There will always be a conflict of interest. Millionaires are bad enough.”
The alleged shooter also shared a petition to Facebook about supplying healthcare for “all Americans” on January 28, just over one week after Trump took office and vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare.