“Director, you want suicide by cop, you just pull a gun on a cop. It doesn’t take 136 rounds. It takes one bullet.”
In the spring of 2017, a Bernie Sanders supporter and Rachel Maddow ‘superfan’ named James Hodgkinson shot up a baseball field full of Republican congressmen, nearly killing Rep. Steve Scalise.
You may have forgotten about this because Democrats and the media spent about 48 hours talking about it. Yet they’re still yapping about the January 6th ‘insurrection.’
The FBI, which is still investigating the incident at the Capitol, has deemed the shooting of Scalise and other Republicans as “suicide by cop.” This completely negates the politics of the shooter, and it’s outrageous.
Lawmakers reveal — and dispute — FBI conclusion about 2017 baseball field shooting
A congressman who was on the baseball field during the 2017 shooting that nearly killed GOP Whip Steve Scalise says the FBI privately informed lawmakers it ruled the attack a “suicide by cop,” a designation he said downplayed the shooter’s apparently political motivation.
Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) revealed the previously undisclosed determination during a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, upbraiding FBI Director Christopher Wray and prompting several colleagues of both parties to pile on. He said FBI agents privately briefed the baseball team on Nov. 16, 2017 to deliver the controversial determination.
“Much to our shock that day, the FBI concluded that this was a case of the attacker seeking suicide by cop,” Wenstrup said. “Director, you want suicide by cop, you just pull a gun on a cop. It doesn’t take 136 rounds. It takes one bullet. Both the DHS and the (Office of the Director of National Intelligence) published products labeling this attack as a domestic violent extremism event, specifically targeting Republican members of Congress. The FBI did not.”
Scalise himself has spoken out about this on Twitter:
I was shot by a deranged Leftist who came to the baseball field with a list of Congressional Republicans to kill.
This was NOT “suicide by cop.”
End of story. https://t.co/cSGYZeQO3I
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) April 21, 2021
The message being sent here is loud and clear.
Attacks on Republicans will be downplayed and ignored. Please make a note of it. https://t.co/gR09RqZhJ4
— Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) April 21, 2021
Our FBI: "We'll just never know his motive!"
"After asking one lawmaker whether the team was the Republicans or Democrats, Hodgkinson returned to his van—which had been stationed outside the field for weeks—pulled out two firearms and began shooting at the team."
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) April 21, 2021
Do you remember what the political media environment was like in the spring of 2017? Let me remind you. Democrats, and hosts on CNN and MSNBC were beating a drum nightly, claiming that Russia installed the new American president and that all complicit Republicans were basically Nazis. The shooter was a Rachel Maddow fan.
Are we supposed to believe that none of that played a role in this?
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