‘Assassination list’ of House conservatives found on body of Scalise shooter

On Friday, the Daily Caller reported that a list containing the names of at least six members of the House Freedom Caucus — conservatives all — were found on the body of James T. Hodgkinson, the man who opened fire on Republicans practicing for a charity baseball game.  Rep. Steve Scalise was seriously wounded in last week’s attack along with others.

According to the Daily Caller (Emphasis added):

The list was written out on notepad paper and found in the shooter’s pocket, according to multiple sources with intimate knowledge of the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the investigation. The list of names included Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan and Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, TheDC has confirmed. Fox News reported after this story that Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais and Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith are also on the list. All six congressmen are members of the House Freedom Caucus, which contains the lower chamber’s most conservative members.

The FBI has contacted the congressmen to inform them of their inclusion on the list. Rep. Franks confirmed to Fox News that law enforcement officials have told him he is on the list.

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“For those still wondering, he didn’t hate baseball or beautiful summer mornings in June,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said in reference to this article. “He hated Republicans.”

To be more precise, it seems he hated conservative Republicans.

The Daily Caller added:

The FBI also recovered a cell phone, a computer and a camera in the shooter’s van and is processing the items, according to a statement the agency issued on Thursday.

A 66-year-old progressive who volunteered on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign, Hodgkinson’s social media profile was filled with violent-sounding rhetoric against the Republican Party. “It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co,” Hodgkinson wrote in one post. He also belonged to several anti-GOP groups on Facebook, including one called “Terminate The Republican Party.” The members of that group celebrated Hodgkinson’s mass assassination attempt.

The presence of the list would seem to indicate that the shooting was not a random act of hate, but an attempted premeditated political assassination, the Daily Caller said.

Hate-filled leftists like MSNBC’s Joy Reid, meanwhile, have suggested that Scalise deserved to be shot for his political views, especially his stand on traditional marriage.  Republicans across the country, including Karen Handel, have found themselves targeted by liberal terrorists.  Further fueling the hate, a New Jersey Democrat operative started the hastag, “#HuntRepublicanCongressmen,” in an apparent effort to see more Republicans shot and possibly murdered.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the candidate Hodgkinson supported and volunteered for, has condemned the shooting, saying on Wednesday that “violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.”


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