The attacker who shot at Republican lawmakers during a baseball practice Wednesday morning was an apparent Bernie Sanders supporter during his presidential campaign. Sen. Sanders, in a statement this morning, made it very clear that he opposed this violent action outright, and didn’t hide from that fact.
“I am sicked by this despicable act,” Sanders said in a statement on the Senate floor. “Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.”
He added: “Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs against our most deeply held American values.”
Read the whole statement below, from NBC’s Frank Thorp:
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) June 14, 2017
Sanders also sent out his condolences on Twitter in a separate statement.
Our prayers go out for a full recovery of Rep. Scalise, the congressional aides and police who were injured. We’ve got to stop the violence.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 14, 2017
Sanders wasn’t the only Democrat to show his condolences. While Republicans were practicing on their baseball field, Democrats who were also practicing on a separate field heard of the news and took the time to pray together for their colleagues from across the aisle. Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (D-NV) tweeted out the following picture:
— Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (@RepKihuen) June 14, 2017
The gunman, identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, was identified as the shooter. Hodgkinson’s Facebook page includes diatribes against Republicans, and he was an ardent supporter of Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. At least five individuals were injured in the attacks.
President Donald Trump announced this morning that Hodgkinson died from gunshot wounds following his attack.