“Congressional Shooter Loved Bernie, Hated ‘Racist’ Republicans, and Beat His Daughter” -Daily Beast

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Summary: ” “We live out in a rural area — everybody has guns out here.” “Trump is a Traitor,” Hodgkinson wrote in a May 22 Facebook post above a Change.org petition to remove Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence, for treason. On his social media, Hodgkinson presented himself as a Sanders supporter, and a longtime critic of Republicans, particularly Trump. The armed gunman who attacked members of Congress on Wednesday morning, wounding a GOP leader, campaigned, for Bernie Sanders, called Republicans “racist,”, and had run-ins with the law for domestic violence and shooting. In June 2006, police were dispatched to Hodgkinson’s home in response to a domestic dispute that began when Hodgkinson allegedly hit a woman’s dog while it slept in her driveway, according to a police report. After the girl broke free, Hodgkinson followed and “started hitting her arms, pulling her hair and started grabbing her off of the bed.” When Hodgkinson’s girlfriend tried to depart in a vehicle, he reached inside and “turned off the ignition,” the report said. “I knew he wasn’t very happy when Trump got elected,” he said, adding that Hodgkinson had a Sanders sign in his yard during such time election. Neighbor Aaron Meurer told The Daily Beast he lived next to Hodgkinson, and his wife, for approximately six years. Clair County Sheriff’s Office was called by a neighbour complaining of 50 shots being fired in the area, according to past records provided to The Daily Beast by the department. Hodgkinson’s Facebook account is vocal in support of Sanders, who lost the Democratic presidential nomination last year. In 2006, he was arrested, for domestic battery, and discharge of a firearm at the end of he punched a man’s girlfriend “in the face with a closed fist,” according to a police report went over by The Daily Beast.”

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