Monday, July 24, 2017

Liberal Media

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Yelling Threats
If A Republican spoke about Obama like this, he would surely be hauled off to court for committing a "hate crime."

Democratic state legislator Rep. Scott Hamann goes nowhere with his threat to the President of the United States and is forced to make an apology. Hamann made a public post that highlighted his intention of harming President Trump.

While Maine GOP is calling for Hamann to be dismissed from his position, the Democrat tried to make a phony apology. “I regret my impulsive decision to post something aggressively sarcastic and inappropriate in a Facebook exchange with a childhood friend,” Hamann apologized. “While the tone of the post was born out of frustration with the vile language currently surrounding politics, I should not have responded with the same language. This is not language I typically use, it does not reflect my personal values, and while misguided, it was intended to make a visceral point about the devolving political discourse in America,” he stated.

Although, the post was quickly removed from Facebook, it was noted that Hamann threatened that “Trump is a half term president, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet of that (vulgar term).”

He went on to state that President Trump is “an admitted rapist” and that “Would you be okay with leaving him alone in a room with your wife?”

It further read, “Well then f*ck you, snowflake. You’re a f*cking pussy … See, it’s not only Trump supporters who can talk like complete a$$holes. As long as that’s what’s coming out of that side, then I’ll match you dumb f*cks word for word.”

Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett expressed his discontent with Hamann by stating that the party doesn’t wish to associate themselves with what Hamann had stated on social media.

“The Maine Democratic Party does not condone this kind of discourse – period,” Bartlett stated.  “Rep. Hamann’s comments were unacceptable and do not represent our values as a party. He has rightly apologized for them and removed the post,” he added.

Charwoman of the Maine Republican Party, Demi Kouzounas, on the other hand, issued a statement that called Hamann “unhinged and dangerous.”

“Words cannot even begin to describe the level of revulsion I feel after reading Rep. Scott Hamann’s recent tirade that has come to light,” Kouzounas said in her statement.

“Perhaps the most alarming aspect of this tirade is an implied death threat against our president.”

It is to be noted that back in 2015, a Republican and former state Sen. Mike Willette was forced to resign from his position on the basis on an offensive post he had published on social media. Willette had posted content that criticized Obama for failing to handle the Islamic State and stated that Obama dealing with the terrorist group was more of a “family reunion.” Willette was forced to make a public apology and was pushed to resign from his chairmanship.

While, the U.S. Secret Service field office refused to comment on whether an investigation against Hamann has been launched, however, they stated, “we are looking into it, but as to whether an investigation has been opened, I can’t comment on that, but we have been getting messages.”

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Insane World
This is the future we can all look forward to if we allow the idea of TRUTH to be discarded...

When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”

Lewis Carroll, “Through the Looking Glass,” 1872

Although appearing in a satirical novel nearly a century and a half ago, this statement by Humpty Dumpty in many respects describes the post-factual world in which we now live.

“Reality shows” are anything but; substantive courses of study like history and civics increasingly are overshadowed by such drivel as “transgender studies”; and “fake news” has become the common currency of those who make news just as for those who report on it. Examples of all this are disturbingly easy to catalog:

THE PATHETIC: “Hillary would have won, if…” – If there is a gold medal moment for the left’s inability to accept reality, it would be the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton —  from beginning to end an example of hubris overshadowing fact. The charade continues to this day, with Democrat pundits, analysts, and Clinton herself continuing to spout a litany of excuses for why she lost – the “Comey letter,” Russian hacking, sexism – rather than the obvious fact that hers was a poorly-run campaign headed by a candidate tone-deaf to reality.

THE PREDICTABLE: “[Insert Anything From White House.]” – Since Richard Nixon’s famous maxim that, “When the president does it, that means it is not illegal,” to the Obama White House’s wildly ridiculous assertion the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks were prompted by a YouTube video, to the now almost daily spin coming from the Trump administration (even regarding “Covfefegate”), it has become reflexive to dismiss virtually any “fact” given to us by the Executive Branch. The atmosphere of misinformation puts a renewed emphasis on the old Ronald Reagan aphorism, “Trust, but verify” – even regarding something as benign as census numbers.

THE LAUGHABLE: “People will die.” – When it comes to the Democratic agenda, truth almost always takes second place to hyperbole, especially when it concerns saving former President Obama’s disastrous health care plan. To be sure, Republicans have failed miserably in providing an alternative that looks much different from what already exists. However, this has not stopped Democrats like the self-fictionalized Elizabeth Warren from “waving the bloody scrubs” about their proposals. “These [healthcare] cuts are blood money .  .  . people will die,” Warren declared shrilly last month on the Senate floor. Does Warren actually believe her words? Is there any factual basis for such a dire prediction? It hardly matters; all that does matter is that it fits the alarmist model of rhetoric that passes for “debate” in today’s post-factual political world.

THE ARROGANCE: “The world should know that Americans don’t align with Trump.” – This was the headline the unapologetically left-leaning Washington Post used to describe New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s speech in Germany last week at a socialist rally. In presenting his opinion-disguised-as-fact, Hizzoner declared that Trump’s Washington is “unrepresentative of the views of the American people.” The reality is that leftists like de Blasio have to believe this is true – and to keep repeating it — in order to maintain their egos inflated in the face of a recent string of electoral losses and President Trump’s rising popularity.

THE ELITISM: “I didn’t get any sun today.” – The post-factual world is not inhabited only by Democrats and left-leaning media. Its citizenry includes a wide range of elitists who think themselves apart from the real world in which we mere mortals must live. Chris Christie, New Jersey’s lamest of lame duck governors, is a paradigm of such delusion. Despite shutting down New Jersey beaches over the July 4th holiday due to a budget showdown, the “Guv” was photographed lounging on a state park beach with his family and friends, unbothered by any unwashed masses, thanks to the shutdown. The Governor tried to duck the horrible optics with his signature blustering; but photos forced his spokesman to supplement his boss’s bloviating with his own rather creative post-factual dismissal of the criticism leveled at his boss, declaring simply that all was well because, after all, Christie did not get any sun since he had “a baseball cap on.”

Clinton, the White House, de Blasio, Christie, and legion of their political and media cohorts from across the ideological spectrum, illustrate for us a world in which facts no longer are “stubborn things,” as the oft-quoted Proverb reminds us. Facts today are malleable “things” whose meanings are as fluid as the meanderings of a country stream; or for which “alternative facts” (to use a term coined by a Trump Administration official earlier this year) suffice when “real” facts happen not to fit the occasion.

Examples of this phenomenon may engender laughs, but it actually reflects a reality that sooner or later will have serious, if not tragic consequences for the rest of us.

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Ted Cruz
It's always a fun time when The Cruz Missile delivers a devastating legal smackdown!

Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) has stated that CNN could be held guilty of extortion for threatening the man who made a parody video of President Trump slamming the news network to the ground and beating it up.

CNN allegedly threatened the creator of the video, who happens to be a redditor, to expose his identity.

However, Senator Cruz believes that this action could lead CNN to be charged with extortion and blackmail. Senator Cruz previously taught Supreme Court litigation at the University of Texas School of Law where he was an adjunct professor.

“Troubling. I assume CNN’s lawyers are examining GA § 16-8-16 Theft by extortion,” Cruz wrote. “If CNN constructively obtained the gif-maker’s IP it’s a GA crime if they threatened to ‘Disseminate any information tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule.'”

CNN is facing intense criticism after it managed to track down the creator of the video that showed Trump putting a wrestler to ground and beating him up; the wrestler’s head was superimposed with CNN.

In an online article, the cable news network seemed to make a subtle suggestion that it would publicise the person’s identity if he was caught engaging in “ugly behavior” online again.

“He is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again,” the story, titled “How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF,” reads on CNN.com

“CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change,” it adds.

The story came back to hit CNN right in the face. Monday saw #CNNBlackmail trend on twitter almost all day.

In a statement given to BuzzFeed, CNN said it had decided against revealing the Redditor’s name out of concern for his well-being and safety.

“Any assertion that the network blackmailed or coerced him is false,” it said.

“The user, who is an adult male, not a 15-year-old boy, apologized and deleted his account before ever speaking with our reporter. CNN never made any deal, of any kind, with the user,” it added.

“In fact, CNN included its decision to withhold the user’s identity in an effort to be completely transparent that there was no deal,” CNN’s statement read.

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CNN Cyber Bullying
"I thought the online bullies were just gonna laugh at my glasses, or my haircut"

CNN denies to have threatened the Redditor behind the origin of the “HanA**holeSolo” to come out and apologize to the media outlet.

CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski, in an article “How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF,” wrote about how he was able to discover the person behind the much controversial meme.

It make matters worse, Kaczynsk highlighted that the Redditor was in fact a Trump supporter, as per the information found on his social media.

“The apology came after CNN’s KFile identified the man behind ‘HanA**holeSolo.’ Using identifying information that “HanA**holeSolo” posted on Reddit, KFile was able to determine key biographical details, “to find the man’s name using a Facebook search and ultimately corroborate details he had made available on Reddit,” Kaczynski stated.

The Reddit user wrote:

“First of all,I would like to apologize to the members of the Reddit community for getting this site and this sub embroiled in a controversy that should never have happened, I would also like to apologize for the posts made that were racist, bigoted, and anti-semitic. I am in no way this kind of person, I love and accept people of all walks of life and have done so for my entire life. I am not the person that the media portrays me to be in real life, I was trolling and posting things to get a reaction from the subs on reddit and never meant any of the hateful things I said in those posts.

I would never support any kind of violence or actions against others simply for what they believe in, their religion, or the lifestyle they choose to have. Nor would I carry out any violence against anyone based upon that or support anyone who did.

The meme was created purely as satire, it was not meant to be a call to violence against CNN or any other news affiliation. I had no idea anyone would take it and put sound to it and then have it put up on the President’s Twitter feed. It was a prank, nothing more. What the President’s feed showed was not the original post that was posted here, but loaded up somewhere else and sound added to it then sent out on Twitter. I thought it was the original post that was made and that is why I took credit for it.”

The public lashed out against CNN denying and threatening a private citizen for a meme faster than they fired Kathy Griffin for mock-beheading the president.”

On the other hand, Kaczynski in his article denied all claims that stated that CNN had threatened the user, thus causing him to make a formal apology. He mentioned that the user had in fact called Kaczynski and said: “I am in total agreement with your statement. I was not threatened in anyway.”

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Donald Trump
The left started the relentless attacks the second Trump started running as a Republican. Hmm, suspicious...

Yeah, he did it.  Donald Trump insulted Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski by saying she was “bleeding badly” from a face-lift.

CNN hosts and liberal leaders breathlessly rushed to the nearest microphone to scream “sexist!”

But looking at Trump’s lifelong behavior of battling anyone who bucks up to him, you are left with a long list of public insults and combative barbs – 337 to be exact in a list compiled by the New York Times (updated of course on June 29th of this year).

 The long list includes men, women, companies, entire nations, the Pope, religions, his own friends and appointees, the Super Bowl, Jeb Bush supporters and even the Air Force One.

Trump’s list of offenses is so significant, if you are not on it, you clearly haven’t made it.

Before his descent into politics, Trump’s most famous spat was with none other than Rosie O’Donnell himself.

When the public dog fight reached its height, a search shows few accusations of calling Trump a sexist for fighting back against Rotund Rosie.

Why?  Aside from O’Donnell mentally being a man, she is a large and ugly woman and therefore immune to sympathy from the liberal snowflakes who are quick to attack when a minority is put under pressure by a rich, white male.

But genetically she is still a woman and therefore it would be sexist to NOT defend Rosie from the attacks by Trump.

Yet she stood alone.

But when straight, blonde and stone-faced female political celebrity is attacked, the liberals were quick to throw around “misogyny” “chauvinism” and “sexism.”

But the true sexist are the liberals themselves.

Why does Mika rate a defense yet Rosie did not?  Because Rosie is ugly or do progressive sympathize with Mika because she is dumb enough to marry Joe Scarborough?

Regardless, the double standard is as evident as a Mika’s botox injections.

The progressive left needs to find a new line of attacks as their hypocrisy is setting a poor example for those who may choose to be offended in the future.

Please comment below.

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Harassment Claim
If you call journalists "fake news," they rage. If you tell them to have a nice day, they sue...

During a press meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday, President Donald Trump complimented a reporter for having a “nice” smile. Liberals, since then, have taken to every platform to call out Trump for what appears to them a “classic case of sexual harassment” and are trying every avenue to see that the president is punished.

Talking to Irish Minister Leo Varadkar over the phone, President Trump told him that there were a few Irish journalists present with him, and them went on to call one of them over.

“We have all of this beautiful Irish press,” Trump told the Irish PM. Talking about a reporter, Catriona Perry, present with him, Trump said, “She has a nice smile on her face so I bet she treats you well.”

UltraViolet, the liberal women’s organization, seems to have taken grave issue with Trump’s compliment to the journalist, and has claimed that the “incident” is a case of simple sexual harassment.

UltraViolet wrote a letter to White House Counsel Evan McGahn, calling on the Counsel to investigate the matter.

“The women who work in the White House, whether on staff or as members of the press, should be able to do their jobs without the threat of harassment,” UltraViolet’s letter read. “We also hope you agree with us that no one, and especially not the President, is above the law.”

The letter read:

“We write to you today to urge you to investigate an incident that occurred yesterday in the Oval Office between President Donald Trump and a female reporter from RTE, Caitriona Perry, which appears to be a classic case of sexual harassment.

The incident, which has been widely shared online, happened as President Trump wasspeaking to Leo Varadkar, the Irish Taoiseach, on the phone. While speaking on the phone. President Trump said ‘we have all of this beautiful Irish press’ and then singled out a female reporter in the women and commented on her ‘nice smile.’”

The letter also contained a link to a video that showed the exchange between the president and Perry. It then continued:

“As you may be aware, prior to being President, Mr. Trump has a long and well documented [sic] history of sexual harassment and numerous women have come forward to accuse him of sexual assault. We are particularly concerned about the incident yesterday in the Oval Office because it is eerily familiar to the behavior that President Trump–in the Access Hollywood tape that came out during the campaign–has himself stated is acceptable. In that tape, President Trump stated that ‘when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.’”

The letter concluded:

“Given this, we ask that you immediately and aggressively investigate this incident and hold those responsible accountable.”

Caitriona Perry also posted a video on Twitter, showing the incident; she called the exchange “bizarre.”

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Crying Journalist
"Everything I do, they just turn around and call it, 'fake news'! But how am I supposed to do my job if I can't lie all the time!"

On Wednesday, Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic, while talking at the Aspen Ideas conference told Katie Couric that he is worried about that way President Trump is effectively inciting the American public against liberal journalists to the point of physical violence. He made it clear that according to him, President Trump would be solely responsible for any violence that may occur against journalists.

After Goldberg was asked his opinion on Trump’s continuous criticism of so-called “fake news” outlets, including The Washington Times, CNN, and The New York Times, he told Couric that his biggest fear for the journalist community was mainly related to violent, physical attacks on reporters and media related personnel who held liberal views.

Couric said, “When the president constantly tweets that different newspapers are examples of ‘fake news’ … and accuses reporters of being ‘fake news’ at White House briefings or when he appears before reporters there, what’s your reaction?”

Goldberg responded, “Part of my reaction is that we’re all engaged in a reality TV show, that this is a reality TV version of a war between a president and the press.”

He continued, “The problem is, and this is what I worry about more than anything else, is that there are people in the country who don’t understand that [Trump’s ‘war’ on the media] is a cynical reality TV game and are going to hear over and over again from the president that reporters, journalists are enemies of the state.”

He added, “And someone, I mean God forbid, someone is going to do something violent against journalists in a large way, and then I know where the fault lies. And we’re heading in this direction, and it’s quite frightening.”

All of this, of course, comes on the heels of two explosive investigations by James O’Keefe and Project Veritas – in which top CNN officials are caught admitting that the Russia Investigation narrative is, “a witch hunt” and a, “nothing burger.”

Jeffry Goldberg’s brazen attempts to blame the president for the pathetic state of journalism, and the fake news that plagues even the largest and most established news organizations ring especially hollow. It is the extreme climate of political hostility and hatred created by the establishment media and Hollywood that resulted in the attack on congressional republicans, and shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise by a Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer earlier this month.

The hypocrisy from the left, and the lengths they go to accuse their enemies of doing EXACTLY what they are dong is astounding – but, sadly, par for the course in the politically charged climate of 2017.

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Journalist James O’Keefe and his group, Project Veritas, eviscerated CNN with a hidden camera video yesterday—exposing how CNN is intentionally spreading fake news in order to goose their ratings.

Today, O’Keefe delivered a second video, which is somehow even more eyebrow-raising than the first.

Project Veritas’s latest video, embedded above, catches CNN pundit Van Jones on camera, also admitting that the Russia investigation is completely fabricated, despite the news network’s almost constant coverage.

The two videos cap a horrendous week for CNN. On Monday, CNN fired three journalists over a completely fabricated story that smeared former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci. CNN was forced to retract the story and apologize to Scaramucci, who is now suing CNN for $100 million.

O’Keefe’s videos, however, prove that CNN’s “fake news” scandal isn’t limited to one story: it infects the entire news organization, starting at the top with Zucker.

Watch the video above, and add your comment below:

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Mueller Investigation
"So, justice works a little something like this Barack - we decide what punishment we want to give, and then accuse them of a crime to justify it."

The “Sorkinization” of American politics; a cultural phenomenon engendered by the works of Hollywood director Aaron Sorkin — in which Washingtonian politics is romanticized as some grandiose theatrical production, in which the protagonist (normally a liberal archetype) wins against his unscrupulous foe (usually a conservative stereotype) by simply giving a rousing speech or clever rhetorical foil. You see it everywhere in Washington, D.C. — beltway pundits breathlessly waiting to share together in that idyllic “Sorkin moment”; whether it was Hillary’s hoped-for victory speech last November or, now, waiting for Special Counsel Robert Mueller astride his white horse to out the “evil Trump clan” for sins and improprieties.

This, of course, is all a Hollywood fairytale. What currently is taking place under Mueller’s direction resembles not so much a magnanimous crusade for truth and justice; but rather another example of what happens when bureaucrats are taken off the leash.  It becomes the classic tale of a government lawyer in search of a crime.

Though likely a disappointment to all the partisan spectators wishing for a clear moral victory from Mueller, the sweeping, unspecified, and costly nature of his investigation has all the hallmarks of a typical prosecutorial fishing expedition. Rather than setting specific parameters for his investigation, or having them set for him, the order appointing Mueller, by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein grants Mueller almost limitless leeway in his probe, be it relative to “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated” with President Trump’s presidential campaign (which likely would not constitute a crime), to federal regulations that relate to crimes that are among the most subjective, such as obstruction of justice and witness intimidation.

As one might expect, Mueller has taken the ball handed to him, and is off and running; like Diogenes with his lamp in search of an honest man, but here a prosecutor with a subpoena in search of a guilty man.

Not bound by any real budget constraints, Mueller already has begun building an investigatory army with which to haunt the Trump Administration for as long as he wants; or, at least, for as much time as it takes to find something to prosecute. That Mueller will find something is a virtual certainty given the vast scope of his appointment, and the lack of oversight by the Department of Justice now that Attorney General Jeff Sessions hastily (and, in my opinion, needlessly) recused himself.  And, as any criminal defense lawyer knows, given the reach of federal criminal laws, if you look long enough and subpoena enough witnesses and documents, you are fairly guaranteed to find some violation of some law to pin on some person.

What comes to mind is Harvey Silverglate’s 2009 book, “Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent”; and, perhaps most frightening, his reminding us that it was Stalin’s feared NKVD henchman, Lavrentiy Beria, who assured his boss, “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.”

So, what is the point to all these theatrics? Same as it always is in Washington. Personal and partisan aggrandizement for bureaucrats, at a massive cost to the rest of us. Mueller gets his name in the spotlight for kicking-up a lot of dust. Democrats claim a moral victory for forcing the appointment of a special prosecutor. And Republicans dodge a bullet for Trump’s poor personnel choices.

 The troubling, and lasting ramification of this melodrama, however, is the precedent it sets for future federal investigations. The degree of legal leeway given to Mueller is deeply bothersome. As law professor John C. Eastman notes in a recent article, the absence of virtually any limits on Mueller’s power harks back to the days of the British empire’s use of “writ[s] of assistance” and “general warrant[s]” to target and harass American colonists through invasive searches of homes, papers and possessions – with no judicial oversight, probable cause, or expiration date. “That is the very kind of thing our Fourth Amendment was adopted to prevent,” writes Eastman, “[i]ndeed, the issuance of general warrants and writs of assistance is quite arguably the spark that ignited America’s war for independence.”

At the end of all this (if there is an end), America will be left a little more divided (if that is possible), and the Bill of Rights even weaker than today. If we were living in the “West Wing,” it wouldn’t really matter; but we are not living in Sorkin World.  We are living in the real world; where government power run amok has very real and damaging effect on the way of life envisioned by our Founding Fathers and as enshrined in the United States Constitution.

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Heightened Tensions
Let's everyone just remember, It's the right of PEACEFUL assembly.

CBS News anchor Scott Pelley, who is being replaced as anchor chair by the news channel, took, what is being called “parting shot” at Republicans. He said that Republicans played their part in bringing the baseball practice attack that injured five, including Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), upon themselves.

“It’s time to ask whether the attack on the United States Congress yesterday was foreseeable, predictable, and to some degree, self-inflicted,” Pelley began. “Too many leaders and political commentators who set an example for us to follow have led us into an abyss of violent rhetoric, which, it should be no surprise, has led to violence. Yesterday was not the first time.

“In December last year, a man with an assault rifle stormed into a Washington area pizzeria to free child sex slaves that Hillary Clinton was holding there — or at least that’s what political blog sites had said,” he continued, referring to the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory. “He fired into a locked door to discover no children in chains.”

“Bernie Sanders has called the president the most dangerous in history,” Pelley said, “and the shooter yesterday was a Sanders volunteer.

“You might think that no sane person would act on political hate speech and you’d be right,” the anchor added. “Trouble is, there are a lot of Americans who struggle with mental illness.

“In February, the president tweeted that the news media were ‘the enemy of the American people,” Pelley continued. “Later, at a lunch for reporters, President Trump was asked whether he worried that language would incite violence. His pause indicated it had never crossed his mind. And then he said, ‘No, it doesn’t worry me.’

“As children, we’re taught ‘words will never hurt me,’ but when you think about it, violence almost always begins with words,” he said.

“In the Twitter world we’ve come to believe that our first thought is our best thought,” he concluded. “It’s past time for all of us — presidents, politicians, reporters, citizens, all of us — to pause to think again.”

For his remarks on Scalise and the horrific incident, Pelley was severely criticized all over social media.

Those on the right have noticed the clear bias in the coverage of the attack on congressional republicans last week with prior attacks. The Gabrielle Giffords’ attack in 2011 was immediately used by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to highlight the Republican rhetoric; however he did nothing to take responsibility of his own rhetoric that may have motivated the shooter in the recent shooting. What’s even more interesting is that the attacker, James T. Hodgkinson, had served as a volunteer on Sanders’ presidential campaign. A deeper look into his social media accounts showed a series of posts clearly exhibiting his hatred for Republicans and Trump.

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