The man who shot Rep Scalise

The alleged shooter expressed fervent opposition to the Republican Party and called for higher taxes on the rich, in statements on social media and letters to a local newspaper.

A Federal Bureau of Investigation lab team looks for evidence in the outfield signage at the ball field which is the scene of a multiple shooting in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, after a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmake. His aide, Zack Barth, who was shot by the Virginia assailant, walked across the field on crutches.

"Just left hospital. Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter". He called for replacing "the attacks of hateful personal politics and resistance" with respect.

"The comments made by my Republican colleagues are outrageous", declared Pelosi, the Democratic leader from California. She noted that she has received numerous threats herself over the years, and is now the target of millions of dollars in negative ads in a House district in Georgia where a hard-fought special election will take place next week.

Democrats cautioned against falling into partisanship or laying blame.

The FBI said Thursday that it had also processed Hodgkinson's vehicle, a white conversion van, where investigators found a cell phone, a computer and camera.

"I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw this myself in the late 70s in San Francisco", said the then-speaker of the House, referencing the infamous assassination of a city councilman and mayor in the city.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Sanders if her husband's rhetoric has gone too far, noting that on Saturday he said President Donald Trump is "perhaps the worst and most risky president in the history of our country".

A search of online newspapers show that Hodgkinson frequently wrote letters to his local newspaper, the Belleville News-Democrat, which published almost two dozen letters between 2010 and 2012, many of which included complaints about the same theme: income inequality.

Harlan Hill, a political consultant based in NY who supports Trump, said people should not blame Sanders personally, but he said the senator's description of the president as "dangerous" illustrated the "apocalyptic terms" and "melodrama" that have created a combustible political atmosphere.

In trying times like these, it's admittedly hard to keep our heads cool and our voices sane. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. What we have is heated and emotional rhetoric that sometimes borders on irresponsible but is well within the traditional contours of political discourse.

For their part, some Republicans seem taken aback by an intensity on the left that threatens to overwhelm them in the 2018 midterm elections. "I guess he was exhausted of the politics".

"I had no idea this was going to happen, and I don't know what to say about it". "Oh my gosh, mild compared to what they put on TV yesterday". "It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co.", a post in March purportedly said, according to NPR. "I think he just wanted a break", she said. "I'm trying to focus at least myself on internalizing, what can I do better".

While top lawmakers, including Scalise, have security details, others do not and they regularly appear in public without protection.

"He's the most popular politician in America", DeMoro said of Sanders.

Lucee Laursen of La Crosse, Wisconsin, interning in the capital for a nonprofit, said, "It's showing that we might have differences in political spheres but we come together for a good cause".

"I would try to chat him up and say stuff, but he never looked back at me", Brennwald said.

  • Zachary Reyes