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Shooting in DC

A congressman was injured.

If this is Islamic terrorism, then maybe Congress will finally do something now that one of their own is a victim.

Or maybe it’s just a crazy guy. In which case, it will turn into a gun-control moment.

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The attack was on a REPUBLICAN baseball practice. Most crazy white militia types would prefer to shoot Democrats. This either means that this was Islamic terrorism, just a crazy guy, or a white militia type who’s mad at all of Congress and the Republicans were easier to shoot at.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 14, 2017 at 8:07 am

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  1. Well, he hit a Republican…

    IHTG

    June 14, 2017 at 8:18 am

  2. He’s not just any congressman but Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip. This leads me to believe that the shooter was not content to shot just any politician.

    Tanizaki

    June 14, 2017 at 8:29 am

  3. I say it’s not Islamic terrorism. It’ll be some political crazy. The narrative will be “gun violence”. They will work in “trannies” too. Christ Almighty, it feels like America is over. I’m really starting to hate it here.

    SWPL2

    June 14, 2017 at 8:40 am

    • You aren’t alone brother.

      Two in the Bush

      June 14, 2017 at 9:51 pm

  4. The parody twitter account for Sean Spicer is killing it today!

    So many libs think he’s account is the White House response to the shooting!

    Mike Street Station

    June 14, 2017 at 8:45 am

    • Elmer Fudd — I think I saw a weepublican!

      JS

      June 14, 2017 at 8:15 pm

  5. Why can’t it be a Democrat?

    GondwanaMan

    June 14, 2017 at 8:45 am

    • Oh, but it can…

      Some Guy

      June 14, 2017 at 7:41 pm

  6. Could be a rightwinger who thinks the Republicans are “cuckservatives”

    Jimi

    June 14, 2017 at 8:52 am

  7. Yes, and he’s a guido. Was this a button man moment?

    And then you have another Republican, another guido, Greg Gianforte who attacked a reporter named Ben Jacobs (SWPL Jewish?). He cited anger management issues, typical of IA hotheads.

    What Goodfellas!

    JS

    June 14, 2017 at 8:57 am

  8. Even if it was anti republican in nature Democrats still come out looking good because they’re the ones who want to make it harder for people to buy guns and ammo.

    Magnavox

    June 14, 2017 at 9:28 am

    • Democrats also want to make it harder for people to buy pea shooters and slingshots. And let’s not forget one of their greatest achievements: making it harder for the cops to arrest hardcore criminals.

      Lewis Medlock

      June 15, 2017 at 6:34 pm

  9. Shooter fired 75 shots over 10 minutes but only hit 4 people, none fatally. Sounds like a crazy liberal. A RWNJ would have better aim.

    snorlaxwp

    June 14, 2017 at 9:35 am

  10. Nobody knows, of course, but your list is missing some potential actors; the fascists that call themselves Antifa are hardly peaceful.

    Curle

    June 14, 2017 at 9:36 am

    • Nope, a white, Boomer Bernie Bro.

      Thankfully, like a typical white lefty, he was bad at violence. Someone who knew how to shoot a rifle (like the black Beltway snipers, for example) could have hurt and killed a lot more people.

      Dave Pinsen

      June 14, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      • What do you make of Mueller’s latest?

        I think this blog is ignoring what trouble Trump is in. The intel community is playing a game of cat and mouse with him. His presidency is paralyzed.

        gothamette

        June 14, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      • I think this blog is ignoring what trouble Trump is in.

        Huh? In 3 months Trump will have passed Obamacare repeal and tax reform, lined up infrastructure and may even have convinced McConnell to go simple majority for all legislation in which case repeal of 1965 immigration act will be on the table. He’ll have advanced the Wall, put in a second right-wing Supreme Court justice and installed an FBI Director that will finally investigate Clinton and Obama.

        But yeah, the Dems will still still be screeching Russia! and obstruction! and treason! all along the way.

        Andrew E.

        June 14, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      • Mueller?

        Fire his ass as I, Newt Gingrich, and Powerline all strongly recommend –

        Judging by the latest Washington Post leak from the special counsel’s office, Mueller seems awfully confident Trump won’t fire his ass.

        I wouldn’t be so sure.

        Pragmatically Distributed is up to the challenge. Our eagerness for our stance in favor of eliminating the special counsel position is in no small measure due to that position’s endorsement by that great egomaniac, Newt Gingrich’s, as well as the egomaniacs at Powerline.

        The reasons for throwing Mueller to the side are, as mentioned before:

        Mueller and the entire special counsel office should be shut down for his personal friendship with Comey which creates an inherent conflict of interest according to DoJ rules and guidelines (Powerline provides details below).
        The investigation into Russian interference in our election has found zero evidence Trump colluded with Russia. Without evidence of collusion, the sham investigation has devolved into a fishing expedition against Trump associates for bogus “prosecutorial crimes” unrelated to Russian collusion.
        Related to the second point, note that not even Flynn is accused of having collaborated with Russia. Flynn is being investigated for what looks like a perjury trap set by Comey involving Flynn’s post-election campaign conversation with Russian officials.
        As pointed out by Andrew McCarthy, the appointment of a special counsel should only be made to investigate a crime that has been uncovered, not a counter-intelligence probe (the latter of which is not a criminal investigation).

        To counter Mueller, we recommend Trump take the following steps:

        Fire Mueller and close the special counsel’s office completely.
        Pardon Flynn for any false statements made to the FBI about his diplomatic conversations with Russia after the 2016 elections to prevent any obstruction charge originating from whatever FBI agents take over the investigation from Mueller.

        We will walk through how expect this course of action to play out politically.

        In the short-term Trump will take a poll hit over the ensuing media hysteria (though we ask at this point what difference does more hysteria make?).

        The good news is everything for anti-Trump is downhill after a few weeks: The medium and long term problems are all ones for the Democrats to deal with.

        If Mueller is removed and Flynn pardoned the investigation effectively comes to an end with Comey’s statement that there was no collusion.

        If there was no collusion and the Comey-Mueller plan to nail Trump on unrelated procedural charges like obstruction is aborted before Mueller can continue Comey’s phony investigation into procedural crimes, the steam will eventually go out of the story before New Year’s eve.

        We are well over a year out from the midterm elections; and a year from now most party primaries will not be complete. This gives plenty of time for Trump to recover by beating the drums for his agenda and repeating over and over again “According to James Comey I am innocent of collusion! What the hell was Comey investigating if he admits I was innocent of collusion?”

        Finally, we leave you the reader with an excerpt from Powerline about how Mueller’s personal relationship with Comey arguably disqualifies Mueller from serving as special counsel:

        Based on the authority conferred by 28 U.S.C. 528, the Attorney General promulgated 28 CFR 45.2. It provides:

        The Undiscovered Jew

        June 14, 2017 at 11:35 pm

      • Mueller can do whatever he wants. The whole Comey saga has cost Trump about 3 approval points which but nothing Mueller comes up with will add to that. In the meantime, the destruction of the immigrant community continues apace and various legislation and EOs continue to move forward.

        Remember that there is not, and never has been, any immediate danger of Trump being impeached. The danger is these scandals, real or not, hurting Trump’s popularity. But the damage has already been done on that front and there is no way Mueller can add too it.

        Otis the Sweaty

        June 15, 2017 at 2:16 am

      • Mueller can do whatever he wants. The whole Comey saga has cost Trump about 3 approval points which but nothing Mueller comes up with will add to that.

        The reason the poll dip was brief is because Comey didn’t have time to collect more information that could be used to indict Trump with.

        If Mueller is left free with enough time on his phony dragnet he can bring about all sorts of legal havoc.

        Remember that there is not, and never has been, any immediate danger of Trump being impeached. The danger is these scandals, real or not, hurting Trump’s popularity. But the damage has already been done on that front and there is no way Mueller can add too it.

        Mueller can do plenty of damage with enough time.

        And why let him do damage to Trump’s popularity (especially when he has NO evidence for a crime) going into the midterms and 2020? What’s the point of losing even a single House seat when Trump can put an end to this nonsense immediately.

        Sure, Trump will take another poll hit if he fires Mueller and closes the special counsel office and/or starts pardoning advisers like Flynn.

        But this too will be a temporary dip. Except for the Left it will be a distant memory for swing voters by New Years, and completely forgotten by Summer of next year.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        June 15, 2017 at 6:43 pm

  11. I would guess a NAM but I doubt a NAM is smart enough to find out where they would be playing baseball and go shooting.

    johnBeck

    June 14, 2017 at 10:13 am

  12. “This either means that this was Islamic terrorism, just a crazy guy, or a white militia type who’s mad at all of Congress and the Republicans were easier to shoot at.”

    Seriously?

    A DailyKos Diarist are guess 1-9

    Lion of the Turambar

    June 14, 2017 at 10:49 am

  13. Democrats already complaining this is being “politicized” and the shooting hasn’t even happened yet, lol

    Jjbees

    June 14, 2017 at 11:17 am

  14. Shooter is an old white guy, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, of Illinois. On Fox News a witness said before the shooting the shooter, on learning they were congressmen, asked whether they were Democrat or Republican. He started shooting after hearing they were Republicans. Shooter is probably crazy.

    Rosenmops

    June 14, 2017 at 11:36 am

  15. Seems like a Bernie supporter. What’s with all these crazed Bernie supporters? They’re giving a bad name to socialism and the left-wing of the Democratic Party.

    gda

    June 14, 2017 at 11:44 am

    • Bernie bros are all crazy. One thing I must add is the one sweet spot in the past election was to see crazy, slobbering Bernie lose. If for some reason he won the nomination I would have voted Trump for sure.

      wt

      June 14, 2017 at 7:23 pm

      • why, because you hate white people?

        What do you think of Keith Ellison?

        Otis the Sweaty

        June 14, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      • Keith Ellison is crazy too. All these greenies (anti fracking greenies) are crazy.

        wt

        June 15, 2017 at 4:35 am

  16. Shooter has died. He was a Bernie supporter. Hated Trump. Here is his Facebook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/jthodgkinson

    It is being heavily trolled at the moment. Will likely be take down shortly.

    Rosenmops

    June 14, 2017 at 11:44 am

  17. Bernie Bro confirmed.

    Greg Pandatshang

    June 14, 2017 at 11:45 am

  18. They just identified the shooter as a 66 year old Bernie supporter who is a Trump conspiracy theorist.

    Demolishes the argument that only right wing religious nuts do these things. Will also be funny how Democrats can distance themselves from this, especially with their supporters calling for Trump’s assassination or showing it on stage on Julius Caesar. At least Republicans had the good grace to distance themselves from Pizzagate when it became violent.

    GOP baseball shooter is named as 66-year-old Bernie supporter

    http://dailym.ai/2solYTc

    danielsvoboda2014

    June 14, 2017 at 11:49 am

  19. It was a deranged old Berniebro.

    IHTG

    June 14, 2017 at 11:50 am

    • Most bernie supporters are crazy. Just little less crazy than that old deranged guy.

      wt

      June 14, 2017 at 7:24 pm

  20. A Trump hating Bernie Bro. Zero Hedge has the details.

    The media really has blood on it’s hands with the stuff.

    Peterike

    June 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm

  21. The gaystream media regard this shooting as a feature, not bug of their 24/7 Trumphobia.

    The gaystream media are infuriated to the point of blind rage that a white man of blatantly normal sexuality won the Presidency. After GWB, the America President was supposed to have strictly dark skin, vaj, and/or sexual deviancy (and Thunderbiscuits satisfied two out of three) til the end of the Union. How dare he!

    So Trump and/or his party members must die. The bloodbath is just getting started and will be celebrated daily by the gaystream media.

    hard9bf

    June 14, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    • The irony is that Trump’s flamboyance actually made him fairly popular among New York gays before he ran for President. And of course Trump’s best friend was Roy Cohn, one of the bitchiest homosexuals to ever hold power in New York.

      Peter Akuleyev

      June 15, 2017 at 3:49 am

  22. Turns out he was neither of your three choices. Instead, he’s a Sanders “progressive,” i.e. the type that’s never referred to as crazy but that we’re going to be seeing a lot more of, the impecunious liberal. Just think of all those “studies” grads who don’t manage to get media SJW careers; they’re gonna be looking for someone to blame.

    Explainer21

    June 14, 2017 at 12:25 pm

  23. You left out the most obvious possibility. Leftwing radicals have a history of political violence. The left has always been nuts. But they’ve really come unhinged the last couple of years.

    destructure

    June 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    • If the dummies who go to NASCAR would just listen to NPR then they’d realize that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants and that Islam is a religion of peace.

      Lewis Medlock

      June 15, 2017 at 6:24 pm

  24. The shooter is some effed up older white guy. So there’s that.

    Vincent

    June 14, 2017 at 12:45 pm

  25. Way off. The obvious category was the correct one: angry liberal.

    Dain

    June 14, 2017 at 12:56 pm

  26. prolier than thou

    June 14, 2017 at 1:09 pm

  27. This either means that this was Islamic terrorism, just a crazy guy, or a white militia type who’s mad at all of Congress and the Republicans were easier to shoot at.

    Hmm, wrong on all counts. Actually a left-wing political assassin of sound mind doing what the political left in America is telling him to do.

    Andrew E.

    June 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    • Hmmm alternative facts.

      Big Ed

      June 14, 2017 at 5:25 pm

  28. On NeoGaf the feeling is basically that Scalise had it coming.

    No moral outrage at the Left from me. I understand how they feel. We are headed towards civil war.

    Otis the Sweaty

    June 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    • This is the intensification of what Derb has called the “Cold Civil War.” It’s an intraracial thing among whites. I’m a little surprised that the left managed to produce someone who attempted to commit mass murder, but I’m not at all surprised at the man’s incompetence.

      White Americans simply don’t have civil war in them at this point, and they won’t anytime soon. If there’s more violence in the short term, it will be between hardcore leftists who dress up as ninjas and hardcore people on the right who dress up as superheroes. It’s political violence as performance art with the occasional non-life-threatening injury that sends someone to the emergency room.

      We might get a few mass shooters from each side thrown into the mix, but that will only alienate “normies” from each side. Political violence is and will continue to be a low-status thing, but if these incidents continue to happen and happen more frequently, it will seem like civil war is right around the corner.

      Horace Pinker

      June 14, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      • read social media and both left and right wing sites and you will see that there is massive desire on both sides for a civil war. It will always be isolated crazies who take up arms but they are the products of larger groups of people who support their actions.

        Otis the Sweaty

        June 14, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      • If you value social stability, I guess it’s not smart to push through policies that increase the proportion of people who are low-status.

        Richard

        June 14, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      • White right-wing Americans certainly do have civil war in them. Our fundamental decency is holding us back, but you have no idea how angry people are.

        Joe Schmoe

        June 14, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      • “Our fundamental decency is holding us back, but you have no idea how angry people are.”

        I think more conservative people are angrier now than at any other time in the last 50 years. Millions are fed up with politicall correctness and the outrageous bias of the media.

        Lewis Medlock

        June 15, 2017 at 6:11 pm

  29. The suspect’s identity is already out there

    K-Strategist

    June 14, 2017 at 1:52 pm

  30. Nope.

    White Democrat.

    map

    June 14, 2017 at 1:54 pm

  31. The shooter was apparently white, working class from Illinois. He was a Bernie Sanders supporter who hated Hillary Clinton. Likely-hood is he either voted for Jill Stein or didn’t vote at all, because he hated Trump too.

    He had been arrested on domestic violence charges for attacking his girl friend about 10 years ago, but those charges were later dropped.

    In March of this years his neighbors called police about gun fire around his house. Police came and verified that his guns were legally owned and he had a permit to own fire arms. They only advised him to not shoot his guns around his home.

    He ran a home inspection business, which may have gone out of business last year (his license had expired and not been renewed). He was 66 and may have retired. This business was probably hit very hard by the 2008 real estate collapse, and in letters to the editor of the local paper he blamed Bush and Republican policies for the poor state of the economy.

    He seems like an angry, violent working class guy, maybe under some economic stress. No law against angry, violent people under stress buying all the guns they want, as long as they have never been convicted of anything. Just occasionally one of them cracks and goes off shooting people.

    mikeca

    June 14, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    • He lived in a suburb of St. Louis. His county, St. Clair, includes the dreaded East St. Louis. The white population of his county was pro-Trump — St. Clair has a 30% black population but Trump still edged out Hillary overall.

      Times were probably also tough for him because he chose to live in shitty, shitty St. Louis. On the plus side, I don’t think the 2008 collapse hit St. Louis that hard, because times are always bad in St. Louis. In my town, things are great for anyone whose job touches on the real estate business. People from throughout the Midwest migrate here in droves. His business would be booming here, even if he’s not very good at his job.

      But he sounds like the kind of guy who likes to blame others for his problems, rather than take some responsibility and find a better place to live. “If it wasn’t for Reaganomics, things would be great here!”

      Wency

      June 15, 2017 at 7:50 am

  32. More prole rage???

    LA Times, 06/14/17 – Four killed in shooting at San Francisco UPS facility, including gunman

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-francisco-shooting-downtown-20170614-story.html#nt=oft12aH-2la1

    A gunman shot and killed three people at a United Parcel Service facility in San Francisco on Wednesday morning before fatally shooting himself in front of police officers, authorities say. Six people suffered gunshot wounds and four were killed, according to San Francisco police.

    The dead included the gunman, who shot himself in the head, according to Assistant Chief Toney Chaplin. Two guns were recovered at the scene.

    “We believe this incident is not related to terrorism,” Chaplin, told reporters.

    Steve Gaut, a UPS spokesman, said the shooter was a driver and in uniform. The workers involved in the shooting were gathering for their morning meeting before heading out to make deliveries, he said…

    A team entered the building, found the gunman and watched him turn his weapon on himself…

    UPS drivers, like self-employed home inspectors, are prole.

    E. Rekshun

    June 14, 2017 at 4:51 pm

  33. Liberal prole rage…and likely an alcoholic. The photo indicates a puffy, bloated face and bulbous rum-nose.

    LA Times, 06/14/17 – Gunman who opened fire at GOP baseball practice was a Bernie Sanders supporter from Illinois

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-pol-virginia-shooter-profile-20170614-story.html#nt=oft06a-1li2

    The gunman who attacked a congressional baseball practice in Virginia on Wednesday, wounding five, has been identified as a passionate Bernie Sanders supporter and campaign volunteer who had long expressed his hatred for Republicans on social media. He was pronounced dead shortly after the attack.

    James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill., had repeatedly likened the GOP to “a group of terrorists” in hyperbolic posts dating back to at least 2014, according to a Facebook profile under his name.

    Over recent months, President Trump and congressional Republicans were central targets of Hodgkinson’s ire. In a May 31 post he called Trump and his family “traitors” who “Need to Be Prosecuted to the Fullest Extent of the Law.”

    “Republicans Hate Women, Minorities, Working Class People, & Most All (99%) of the People of the Country,” Hodgkinson wrote on May 26…

    Hodgkinson was a home inspector in downstate Illinois and a Democratic supporter who had written multiple letters to the editor of the Belleville News-Democrat in 2012, often opposing Republicans or supporting marijuana legalization…

    A former construction industry acquaintance, Bill Stanis, of St. Louis called Hodgkinson “a little off.”

    “He was just always very opinionated in what he thought should be right,” Stanis said. “He was always quick to tell you what he thought it was and what he thought it should be.”…He said Hodgkinson and his wife had adopted a daughter from an Asian country…

    E. Rekshun

    June 14, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    • Why does his surname makes me want to say Hodgkin’s disease?

      JS

      June 14, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    • “The photo indicates a puffy, bloated face and bulbous rum-nose”.

      Sounds like Steve Bunion!

      JS

      June 14, 2017 at 8:08 pm

  34. At least the congressman has some great insurance. It turned out to be a 66 yr old white guy that shot him.

    Big Ed

    June 14, 2017 at 5:22 pm

  35. James Comey, The Fifth Branch of Government & How to Fire Mueller

    https://pragmaticallydistributed.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/james-comey-the-fifth-branch-of-government-how-to-fire-mueller/

    What drama was Comey’s testimony.

    The Senators slobbered, the Senators drooled (more than usual) over every word. But – being cheap dates at best; expensive whores at worst – they were always easy to con.

    Impressing me is not nearly so easy. But even I must admit being impressed for so much storm and fury that in the end signaled no collusion crimes at all had been committed, just as here predicted:
    It’s almost impossible to conceive how there could have been an underlying crime between the Trump campaign and Russia without the evidence leaking to the media after Obama’s intelligence services, Hillary’s opposition research team, Comey’s FBI, the entire Democratic party, multiple Congressional Committees, almost all of the Republican establishment, and every media outlet on the planet spent over a year obsessively searching for proof.
    If there were solid proof the media wouldn’t be wasting time “inferring” from pieces of “memos” written on cocktail napkins by anonymous, second hand, sources that Trump tipped off the Russians to the great, classified, secret that Israel is conducting intel operations in Syrian cities controlled by ISIS.
    Putin would have never guessed.
    In announcing there were no crimes to report on he spiced his (suspiciously) John Grisham-like written statement with quotes from Henry II in his oral testimony.

    If he was capable of such a mesmerizing, grandstanding performance that, in the end, amounted to nothing more than a laughably weak framework for “obstruction of justice”, just imagine the scene if he had found a single particle of evidence for “collusion”.

    Comey would have surely recited the last two acts of King Lear before the great stage of fools otherwise known as the United States Senate, moon walked across the Senate floor handing out articles of impeachment, and ended the night with a fireworks display over the Capitol Rotunda spelling out his name .

    And did he ever prove Pragmatically Distributed right about his contempt for the Obama and Clinton Democrats (“Dear Loretta, remember how you ditched me on the tarmac altar?“) and the rumor-addicted media (“like feeding seagulls“):
    For his next buzz he looked to the incoming Trump administration. If he could bring down Hillary Clinton when she had the full institutional backing of the establishment, how much easier would it be for him to bring down this blowhard clown, Trump, when Comey would have the endorsement of the establishment?
    Regardless whether he saw himself as a future President, Comey’s actions are remarkable for the tremendous contempt they showed for the political process and the establishment.
    But why shouldn’t he be contemptuous? Look at who the other anti-Trump actors are in this saga.
    NeverTrump? Political incompetents who couldn’t get Obama elected mayor of San Francisco.
    The Progressives? Raving lunatics who hide in safe spaces clinging bitterly to their playdough whenever they run into an offensive hashtag, and who in good moods dream of controlling the universe with gay sex and transvestite perverts.
    After years listening to frail Senators waste hours asking Comey rambling questions, monitoring the sewer of corruption that is the political establishment without being allowed to cleanse it, surrounded by the preening mediocrities that dominate Washington DC, dealing with high functioning drug addict graduates of “elite” universities, why wouldn’t Comey have thought it right for someone actually talented and disciplined such as himself to become the key player in the Progressive establishment.
    Because Comey played the Democrats like a violin as thoroughly as he played every Republican besides the even more devious Trump, we officially declare Comey the Fifth Branch of government which, like the non-Constitutional Fourth Branch (the Bureaucratic Branch), answers to none of the three Constitutionally empowered branches, and only occasionally answers the voicemail of the incompetent Fourth branch.

    Yet, for all this, we are still left with no evidence for collusion. And there can be no doubt now that Comey looked far and wide for it.

    That leaves only the matter of what to do with the Mueller as special counsel now that it is clear there are only procedural crimes to investigate and no underlying collusion crime to expose.

    Gingrich and a number of other Trump “satellites” have called for Mueller’s dismissal and the closing of the special counsel position entirely after Comey admitted he manipulated the appointment of a counsel.

    My only hesitation in endorsing the closing down of the special counsel office was the fact Comey admitted he wanted the counsel to be appointed. But why would he admit to it? Is there a way Comey could benefit by having Mueller removed?

    For the moment I don’t see the advantage and therefore, with some wariness, am forced to agree with Gingrich.

    I also recommend Trump pardon Flynn pre-emptively to close down the possibility of any obstruction of justice case being brought against Trump by whatever FBI agents take over management of the case from Mueller.

    I recommend Trump justify this decision as follows:

    Since Comey admitted there was no collusion, there is no reason (as Powerline argues) for the special counsel position to exist when Congress and the FBI can handle the loose ends of the case (“What was Comey investigating if he testified I am innocent of collusion!” “Waste of time now that Comey closed out the collusion investigation and testified I am innocent of collusion!” “Comey is STRANGE to keep investigating collusion he admitted did not happen!“)
    And, finally, given Mueller and Comey’s close personal and professional relationship Mueller’s appointment violates DoJ guidelines for avoiding conflicts of interest (thanks, again, to Powerline)

    The Undiscovered Jew

    June 14, 2017 at 5:48 pm

  36. It’s embittering how little pushback the left has gotten about the rhetoric they’ve been using during the Trump era.

    Take “The Resistance”. Now I’m 36 years old, lived in America all my life, and the only “resistance” I have any cultural knowledge about was the French Resistance during World War II. I’m confident that’s true for most other Americans. That’s why the label so annoyed me when leftists began adopting it. It was meant to invoke the French Resistance’s violent campaign against the Nazis, a clear takeoff on the 18-month campaign to smear Trump and all his supporters as fascists. Only problem is, these are your fellow Americans you’re talking about “resisting,” not an invading foreign army. In English-speaking politics there’s a customary phrase to use in politics against the leading party: you call yourself “The Opposition,” even (because that’s how restrained we used to be) “The Loyal Opposition.” But these creeps went right for the jugular with a name meant to invoke purgative violence against a foreign, oppressive invader.

    And what has been the nature of “The Resistance”? Daily charges of treason, of collusion with malevolent foreign powers, of lawbreaking and hate and authoritarianism, all stridently made on little to no foundation, the rhetoric you would use against an enemy of the nation because in war you don’t make fairness a barrier to malicious propaganda. The internet rantings of Hodgkinson show that he was fully soaked in this stuff, but you can find it on just about any Resister’s feed.

    Most of it, admittedly, is just loud talking. Most people know they’re working themselves up, probably feel a little foolish about it in moments of introspection, but they mean well in a pinch and are personally harmless. Most people are never the problem. But when you stoke the fires for political gain in a nation of 300 million with its due share of crazies, somebody’s going to get the message that they really are at war and start firing. #Resist

    Richard

    June 14, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    • Good point about Resistance vs Opposition. Well that’s what the left wanted, so that’s what they’ve got. After all, if you tell people for 2 years that Trump and the Republicans are “liberally Hitler” you can’t be surprised if people start handling them like they would Hitler.

      It’s like Stephen King’s “Dead Zone.” If one bullet could prevent the Apocalypse, would you fire it? That’s probably what Hodgkinson probably thought he was doing, saving the world from Nazi Republicans.

      Mike Street Station

      June 14, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      • I meant to write “lterally Hitler” instead of liberally, but that was a typo from the id I think.

        Mike Street Station

        June 14, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    • Outstanding comment. I feel the same way. It’s very disturbing what’s happening in the country.

      Two in the Bush

      June 14, 2017 at 10:02 pm

  37. The commentors at The Right Scoop is saying that this is Trump’s fault for being divisive.

    Marine Le Pen said that the real war wasn’t between the Right and Left but rather between Nationalists and Globalists. But maybe the real war is between the Establishment and the anti Establishment.

    Not really, but sometimes it feels that way. I HATE Trucons with a passion.

    Otis the Sweaty

    June 14, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    • Trump is opposed by both the spirit of Jezebel and the spirit of Pharisee. We see examples of both here at Lion’s.

      Andrew E.

      June 14, 2017 at 6:47 pm

  38. Notice how the msm is playing up the Bernie Sanders angle to put distance between the shooter and themselves. mikeca did the same thing in his comment. He may have been a berrnie bro rather than a hillary hag. But he was still a democrat shooting at republicans. And he was doing it for the same reasons kathy griffin was waving around a bloody head and the nyt sponsored an assassination play. They’ve spent the past two years whipping up riots and violence. And now they don’t want to take responsibility for it.

    This also gives the Dem establishment an opportunity to smear the dem populists. So there’s that.

    destructure

    June 14, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    • Maybe they’ll kill each other. One can hope…

      El Hombre

      June 14, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    • Indeed it seems that by close of business all the respectable MSM outlets of record had arrived at the conclusion that it was not party nor figure nor political theory, but “rhetoric” generally that was the culprit. It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic and grotesque.

      Two in the Bush

      June 14, 2017 at 10:25 pm

      • And how is Trump the man away from the status quo, when his speech about politicians being shot will unite all of our obnoxious politicos regardless of party affiliation?

        JS

        June 15, 2017 at 9:05 am

  39. All this talk about “the Left” is missing the point. The Left is, if anything, in even more denial about Russian hacking than the people who post here. Real “Progressives” like Greenwald, Jill Stein, Taibbi, etc. hate the idea that the NSA/CIA/FBI could ever be the good guys. The Left are the people who started talking about the “Deep State” in the first place. It is kind of funny to see Trump supporters borrowing leftist thinking and conspiracy theories wholesale.

    It is not the Left that is trying to destroy Trump, it is the Establishment, most of whom are fairly “conservative” as conservative was understood up until about two years ago. Trump’s problem is that he doesn’t seem to have made many powerful allies. The military doesn’t respect him, the intelligence services deeply dislike him, and Wall Street is increasingly tired of the media shitshow, whether it is Trump’s fault or not.

    Peter Akuleyev

    June 15, 2017 at 4:05 am

    • The Left are the people who started talking about the “Deep State” in the first place.
      Steve Sailer started applying the deep state concept to the USA going as far back as 2009 at least. It had only been used in relation to Turkey. The deep state is much broader concept than just as a short-hand for the NSA/CIA/FBI and the left only started using it less than a year ago.

      Contrarian

      June 15, 2017 at 9:29 am

    • Trump enjoys massive support from the military rank and file, and among the white men who do all the important stuff the support is near total. This goes for law enforcement generally throughout the country. Trump clearly had this in mind when he began his campaign as he was strongly courting their support from day one and has always been an advocate for tough policing. So for all the insults to Trump’s intelligence he understands the first rule of politics as well as anyone, power belongs to he who commands the loyalty of the men with guns and the people they represent. Sure, there is certainly some military brass who despise Trump but that’s because they are evil globalists.

      The IC is split in half. The half that genuinely care about intelligence gathering and serving their country, they respect Trump. And the half that work on behalf of the evil globalists at the top, they seek to sabotage Trump.

      I work on Wall Street, Wall Street is full of urban SWPLs, high(ish) IQ minorities and, increasingly, single women or women who married late and have one or two designer babies they leave with their Guatemalan nannies or Urban Baby day-cares being fed organic granola and soy mass. Quite obviously their politics is the politics of virtue signalling. Trump seeks to take financial power away from Wall Street and give it back to Main Street. I think this will be Trump’s toughest task because I’m not sure how much he can do without crashing the system. Sure, he can reduce or eliminate the annual imbalances for a time, even work off some of the cumulative imbalances that have been built up over the decades and maybe that will be enough for him. But unless the international financial system is fundamentally changed the imbalances will inevitably return over time. He has to remove the dollar as reserve currency and if that happens the trillions (possibly quadrillions) of accumulated dollar liabilities will lose much of their perceived value and there goes the savings of millions of Boomers, among much else. But I think Trump would relish the challenge.

      Andrew E.

      June 15, 2017 at 9:41 am

    • You’re getting tied up on language. There are globalist and anti-globalist wings of both left and right. It would be nice if the Anti-Globalist Left represented the true “Left” in America, but that’s not an American social reality. Good points in your second paragraph, though.

      Richard

      June 15, 2017 at 11:28 am

    • The hard left has always hated the CIA, FBI, and all branches of the military and law enforcement. They hate Wall Street and big corporations. The four countries they hate/hated most are Nazi Germany, South Africa, Israel and the U.S.

      Lewis Medlock

      June 15, 2017 at 6:05 pm

  40. Leftist terrorist shoots up right Congressmen (who fortunately were not in a gun-free zone), left media demands more gun control (in already highly controlled area).

    Let’s face it, the libertarians are right: Gun violence in America is mostly a phenomenon of the far-left (including free-lance socialist ‘oppressed’ muggers) eager to use the publicity to legally disarm their victims.

    rob

    June 15, 2017 at 6:02 am

  41. The New York Times this morning has the shooting far below its other headlines, which all deal with the special counsel and “clouds surrounding Trump”.

    They know exactly what they’re doing and they refuse to take a break, even for 24 hours.

    I say, Trump needs a counter-narrative, b/c his message is getting buried in a deluge of Russia, Russia, Russia etc. The media is so unbelievably despicable.

    SWPL2

    June 15, 2017 at 10:04 am

  42. Two things that frustrate me about these kind of events: the first is that there is so little push back from the right. If the reverse had happened under Obama you know how they would have capitalised on it. But when it happens on ‘our’ watch the rhetoric is always ‘we need to come together and stop the violence.’

    The other thing that grinds my gears is that the left will often respond, as they have in some cases to this story, by saying ‘ok, there is indeed a problem, but don’t forget about the political violence by the Right’.

    But having admited that the behaviour is analogous, they never then follow through the logic of their own insight by insisting that the left restricts and monitors its own behaviour in the way they prescribe for the Right. And we let them get away with it. They admit the comparison but then use it as a way to avoid responsibilty by saying ‘you do it too’, yet seemingly without the thuggish stain that they end up attaching to the Right. They have the luxury of always being either better than us or no worse than us.

    prolier than thou

    June 15, 2017 at 4:53 pm


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