It didn’t take long after Wednesday’s shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia to deduce that the individuals who were shot were targeted for their political beliefs.
As soon as the Facebook page of the alleged shooter — 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois — was found, it revealed an individual who was consumed by vitriol toward the Republican Party and conservatives.
Now, one of those posts, which deals directly with wounded House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, is coming under greater scrutiny.
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According to The Daily Caller, the post is from Jan. 8, 2015. In it, Hodgkinson posts a political cartoon about Scalise and said that “here’s a Republican that should Lose His Job, but they Gave Him a Raise.”
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The political cartoon, by artist Stuart Carlson, was part of a long-running attempt on the part of the left to tie Scalise to racist organizations.
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In 2014, allegations arose that Scalise spoke at an event organized by former Klan leader and Louisiana politician David Duke. Scalise, who is from Louisiana, said he didn’t know the provenance of the organization, according to the New York Post.
“I didn’t know who all of these groups were and I detest any kind of hate group. For anyone to suggest that I was involved with a group like that is insulting and ludicrous,” Scalise said. NPR reported that Scalise called it “a mistake I regret” and said that he “emphatically oppose(d) the divisive racial and religious views groups like these hold.” That didn’t stop the White House from trying to make hay on the issue, though… [CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE]