Following the shooting of 4 Republicans this morning at a baseball field in Alexandria, near Washington, D.C., conspiracists have begun to gather their theories about its perpetrator, James T. Hodgkinson, who has died from his injuries.
Online chatter on Reddit is already pointing towards Trump’s sagging approval rating. A recent Gallup poll put Trump’s disapproval among Americans at 60%. One conspiracist writes, “Everyone knows if your administration is a disaster case and the people are starting to hate you, cause a security incident and give a nice speech about how we have to make the nation safe again. Trump may be a moron but his handlers aren’t.”
Conspiracists fear that if it is a false flag attack committed by an unknown organization, that the message could drive a further wedge between the United States’ splintering divide between Democrats and Republicans.
Others point to previous assassination attempts that led to larger assassinations, such as the attempted assassination of U.S. Major General and 1962 Texas Democratic Primary Governor Candidate Edwin Walker. Months before his successful assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald is suspected of an assassination attempt on Walker in his Dallas home on April 10, 1963. According to Dallas News, Marina Oswald Porter, widow to Oswald, “would later explain to a federal investigator, Walker was ‘the head of the fascist organization in the United States.'”
White supremacists are also in outrage over the assassination attempt by Hodgkinson, an apparent liberal and Bernie Sanders supporter. SITE Intel Group Far Right/Far Left director Rita Katz writes that “white supremacists speculate [Hodgkinson] to be part of a ‘new breed’ of liberal that want to kill anyone who is Republican… while at the same time hoping the attacker is foreign in order to further argue in favor of Trump’s travel ban.”
Hodgkinson opened fire Wednesday morning at a Northern Virginia baseball field where Republican members of Congress were practicing, injuring Representative Steve Scalise and several others.
Scalise, who represents Louisiana’s first district, serves as the Republican Whip, the No. 3 position in the party’s House leadership. Scalise is reported to be in stable condition after being shot in the hip.
The shooting took place at a field in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Scalise and other members of Congress were practicing for the annual Congressional baseball game, which pits Republicans against Democrats.
Michael Brown, the chief of the Alexandria Police Department, said in a media briefing that five people were transported from the field with injuries. He did not divulge their identities. Brown said the shooting took place at 7:09 a.m. Wednesday.
Senator Rand Paul, who was at the practice, told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that he was in the batting cage down the right-field line at the field when he heard a “rapid succession of shots” Morning Joe. Paul added that he thinks he heard the gunman reload.
Mo Brooks, U.S. Representative for Alabama’s 5th congressional district, used his belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding for Scalise, according to a report. Brooks is running for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions.
Two Capitol police officers were also shot, according to WUSA9. Congressman Gary Palmer was also injured.
NBC is reporting that Scalise and the policemen are in stable condition.