Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders distanced himself from the gunman who opened fire that injured Rep. Steve Scalise and several others people during a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Va.
Sanders, who lost to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary, said he was “sickened” by the actions of the shooter James T. Hodgkinson, 66, that left Scalise, a congressional aide and two law enforcement officers wounded at a Virginia baseball field.
“I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign. I am sickened by this despicable act,” Sanders said during a speech at the Senate floor.
The U.S. Capitol Police killed Hodgkinson, a resident of Belleville, Illinois.
Before it was shut down, Hodgkinson’s entire social media account shows that he strongly supported Sanders.
He was also an ardent critic of Republican Party politicians and President Donald Trump, whom he called a “traitor.”
The Daily Caller reports:
“My hopes and prayers are that Representative Scalise, congressional staff and the Capitol Police Officers who were wounded make a quick and full recovery. I also want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm,” Sanders said in his statement.
The officers were at the practice as part of the security detail provided to Scalise. Some Republican lawmakers said that if Scalise had not been at the practice, Hodgkinson could have potentially killed dozens.