Earlier today, I had heard something horrible. Today, I was watching the news, and I had heard that there was a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. The location of the shooting was the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, which was hosting practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. Six people, including House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), were injured, but the gunman died in a confrontation with both Alexandria and Capitol Police. The perpetrator was James T. Hodgkinson, who was a staunch opponent of Donald Trump and a supporter of Bernie Sanders. On his social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter, Hodgkinson had expressed vehemently anti-Trump and anti-Republican rhetoric, namely the following words:
Now, I officially condemn any acts of violence, including against lawmakers or other public officials. I believe that we need to have civil dialogue, not just with those who share our own political beliefs, but also those who do not. It’s a shame that the shooting was on Flag Day, which is the day that all Americans honor the Star and Stripes. In addition, the shooting took place the day before the Congressional Baseball Game, which is an annual observation of civility and charity. It is no surprise that both President Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders, despite having very different political opinions, condemned the shooting. In fact, we all should.
In these difficult times, let us remember this: we are the United States of America. We are not the Divided States. We are not Red States or Blue States. We should live by this by demonstrating respect and civility to all people.
God Bless America,
The Centrist and Independent Voice