The Rachel Maddow-loving, Bernie Sanders-supporting Alexandria shooter James T. Hodgkinson wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise after opening fire during a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning—and had previously raged against the congressman on Facebook.
Hodgkinson posted a Stuart Carlson cartoon of Scalise speaking at a KKK rally on his Facebook page on January 5, 2015, saying Scalise should “Lose His Job.”
In the comic, Scalise says: “When I spoke to a racist group in 2002, it was an innocent mistake. I had no idea who they were.” The next panel shows him surrounded by hooded KKK members, saying: “I couldn’t see their faces.”
Stuart is nationally syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate, according to the “About” page on his website.
The comic—and Hodgkinson’s murderous rage—appeared to be inspired by fake news reports on a 2002 speech Scalise gave before the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) conference about tax policy. EURO’s president, David Duke, of course started his political career as a Democrat, and many other Democrats had joined EURO as well.
Scalise disavowed Duke in 2004. “David Duke is an embarrassment to our district and his message of hate only serves to divide us,” he said before running for Congress. His district is over 80 percent white, but he makes time to meet with black constituents, as his Facebook page shows.
Scalise is in critical condition, according to a D.C. hospital.
Rep. Scalise was critically injured and remains in critical condition. The other patient is in good condition.
— MedStar Washington (@MedStarWHC) June 14, 2017
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 14, 2017
Mood in White House turns more grim as word circulates that Congressman Steve Scalise injuries are critical, his health precarious.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 14, 2017
Now we hear @SteveScalise is in critical condition. Everyone here at the show is praying for his recovery.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) June 14, 2017
Stay tuned for more.
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