Bernie Sanders ‘Sickened’ That Man Who Shot Scalise Volunteered for His Presidential Campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said, in prepared remarks delivered on the House floor, that he was “sickened” that the man who shot Rep. Steve Scalise (R-AL), and wounded four others, volunteered for his presidential campaign in Iowa.

Sanders condemned the shooting carried out by James T. Hodgkinson, 66:

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. Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in or society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs counter to our most deeply held American values.

I know I speak for the entire country in saying that 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.

According to Politico, Sanders aides would not allow reporters to question the senator. Instead, they handed out the prepared statement Sanders read on the House floor.

Hodgkinson, who was neutralized by Capitol Hill Police, was a member of many left-wing, anti-Republican groups, including “Terminate The Republican Party.” Breitbart News also reported that other groups he was part of include:

Hodgkinson wrote several to his local paper, the Belleville News Democrat, criticizing Republicans, tax policy, and income inequality.

Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) told a reporter that Hodgkinson “was there to kill as many Republican members as possible.”

In addition to Scalise, Zachary Barth, Matt Mika, Special Agent David Bailey, and Special Agent Crystal Griner were also shot.

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‘Acela’ration: Donald Trump Declares Himself Presumptive Republican Nominee

Donald Trump at Trump Tower
Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, NY

NEW YORK, NY — Donald Trump announced that he is the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee from his own Trump Tower in Manhattan, on Tuesday night following a clean sweep of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island in what has been dubbed the “Acela Primary”.

“I consider myself the presumptive nominee,” Trump said to the crowd of reporters and supporters who had gathered. “As far I’m concerned, it’s over. These two guys don’t have a path,” he said of his fellow Republican presidential contenders Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Tuesday’s primary was dubbed “Acela” because the five states that held primaries on that day coincide with the route of Amtrak’s speediest carrier.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) were among those present in the crowd.

In addition to thanking his constituents in the states he won, Trump jestfully extended his gratitude to the media for covering him “very fairly… for the past two hours.”

Trump’s wins in the Northeast were indicative of his ability to pander to a diverse constituency; a point he made no secret of during his victory speech.

“Every state is so different,” Trump said, noting that “this is one diverse victory.”

After he addressed Cruz and Kasich, Trump took direct aim at the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, while foreshadowing a more in-depth strategy for his foreign policy platform. Both during a press release and in his remarks on Tuesday evening, Trump said he will address national security and other pressing issues during a noontime Wednesday press conference at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“I will do far more for women than Hillary Clinton will ever do, including protecting our country” Trump said. “The only card she has is the woman’s card,” he added. “And frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man I don’t think she’d get five percent of the vote.” Clinton has benefited from support from females over her Democratic presidential rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who has far greater backing from millennials in addition to being the more popular candidate.

A McClatchy-Marist poll released earlier this month indicates that 25% of Sanders supporters say they would not vote for Clinton if she were to become the Democratic nominee.

In order for Trump to cinch the Republican Party’s nomination outright, he must achieve 1,237 delegates. After tonight’s primary, he is clocked in at 1,055 leaving him just 182 delegates away from achieving that goal.

Trump also addressed the issue of immigration in his speech. “And, by the way, I want people to come into our country. But I want them to come in legally. They have to come in through a process.”

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