Terrorism experts disturbed by increase in leftist violence
The hatred against President Trump, Republicans and Trump supporters is reaching an all-time high never before seen in the U.S. and now, terrorism experts are becoming disturbed by the trend by extreme liberal socialist leftists and wonder where it will lead.
Wednesday’s shooting in Virginia that targeted Republican lawmakers and Georgia Republican candidate for the 6th District congressional seat, Karen Handel, who received direct threatening letters and an unknown substance, are the latest by left-wing group(s) or individual(s).
As of late Thursday, a Republican lawmaker received a chilling email following the Wednesday morning attack on Republican members of Congress. Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) received an email stating “one down, 216 to go…” after House Majority Steve Scalise (R-LA) was critically wounded.
“This is something we’re very concerned about,” said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University-San Bernardino. “The violence is not indigenous to just one side of the political spectrum. While other entities are farther along, this emergent hard left has coalesced.
“And we can’t just ignore it.”
The attack, which occurred during a congressional baseball practice early Wednesday, critically wounded U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-ranking Republican in House leadership. Two Capitol Hill police officers and at least two others also were shot.
The shooter, identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois, died at a hospital, President Donald Trump said. The Belleville News-Democrat reported that Hodgkinson belonged to several anti-Republican groups on Facebook. Among them: “The Road to Hell is Paved with Republicans,” “Donald Trump is not my President” and “Terminate the Republican Party.”
Hodgkinson owned a home inspection business and had an arrest record in St. Clair County that included such offenses as damaging a motor vehicle, resisting a peace officer, eluding police, criminal damage to property and driving under the influence, according to the News-Democrat.
He also had volunteered on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. The Vermont senator said on the Senate floor that he was “sickened by this despicable act.”
Levin said he’d been traveling across California, meeting with government officials and talking about the problem of increasing political violence.
“I was just in Sacramento meeting with the attorney general’s office on Monday,” he said. “In California alone, we have seen over 20 cases since December 2015 of violent public confrontations that revolve around political issues. We’re even seeing it at meetings involving Congress people.”
Increasingly, he said, the hard left has been involved.
Although Republican lawmakers and candidates are being targeted by leftists, citizens who supported President Trump have also become targets.
On Thursday, several shots were fired at a truck carrying a “Make America Great Again” flag and an American flag in the Indianapolis, Indiana area on Tuesday, one day before James Hodgkinson opened fire on Republicans practicing for a charity baseball game.
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