This is such a terrible situation.
As we reported, a 66-year-old man named James T. Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois opened fire at congressional baseball practice outside of Washington, D.C. on Wednesday morning, injuring many and wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in the hip.
Turns out, not only did Hodgkinson have a history with violence, but he had volunteered for Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential election.
After learning this news, the 75-year-old politician immediately made an address to condemn Hodgkinson’s actions.
Bernie somberly said:
“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 our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs against our most deeply held American values.”
Watch his full statement (below):
“I am sickened by this despicable act.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders├óΓé¼ΓÇ╣ condemns alleged shooter James T. Hodgkinson, a volunteer on his 2016 campaign pic.twitter.com/dom250sElU
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ NBC News (@NBCNews) June 14, 2017
Similarly, Speaker Paul Ryan called for unity while thanking the brave Capitol authorities who responded to the attack:
Like Bernie said, we have got to stop the violence.
[Image via NBC.]