Sanders Condemns Supporter Who Shot Congressman

Senator Bernie Sanders issued a statement from the Senate floor on Wednesday afternoon condemning the actions of James T. Hodgkinson, the man suspected of shooting at congressmen and their staffers during a baseball practice on Wednesday morning. Having learned that Hodgkinson reportedly volunteered for Sanders’ campaign at one point, the senator said he was repulsed by his actions. “I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign,” Sanders said. “I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs against our most deeply held American values. My hopes and prayers are that Representative Scalise, congressional staff and the Capitol Police Officers who were wounded make a quick and full recovery. I also want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm.”

Gideon Resnick