His Facebook cover photo features Sanders and he was part of many progressive groups as well as anti-Trump pages. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy.
The Republican lawmaker who represented Hodgkinson's hometown said he was "always angry" about the GOP agenda, but "never crossed the line". It is time for Democrats like Reps. CRIMINAL HISTORYHodgkinson has no felony charges or convictions on record in his home county of St. Clair in IL.
Over the last several weeks, Hodgkinson spent time at a YMCA near the site of the shooting, sitting with a computer in the lobby or at a table in an exercise area that overlooked the baseball field.
DeLong said Hodgkinson is against type when compared to other political assassins because of his advanced age and apparent lack of delusions, characteristics of the men who shot President Reagan and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
"All I see is a guy who was involved apparently in the Bernie Sanders campaign and had a great dislike for Trump and Republicans", Medhurst said.
Political passions can boil over into deadly action when combined with a personal loss or injury - a trigger investigators will be on the hunt for in piecing together the personal life of Virginia shooter and Bernie Sanders devotee James T. Hodgkinson, according to criminal behaviorists. She said he talked a lot about politics but, when pressed, said she didn't want to discuss her husband's views. "He was more on the really progressive side of things". She said she didn't know he had a gun with him.
Ahead of the caucuses, about 10,000 people volunteered for Sanders at varying points. "The country is so polarized, so divided, and the rhetoric is so increasingly tinged with violence, that I think the genie's been let out of the bottle". "Hate speech and actions incite this kind of violence".
James Tom Hodgkinson was born and raised in Belleville, Illinois, one of three children. The modest, rectangular clapboard farm house sits amid fields of young corn and budding soy.
"I would try to chat him up and say stuff, but he never looked back at me", Brennwald said.
At the time he told his wife that he was moving to work with people to change the tax brackets. Court records show that his legal trouble started in the 1990s with arrests for resisting police and drunken driving.
Though no other legal problems are listed in St. Clair County, which includes Belleville, since 2011, Hodgkinson did come to the attention of local law enforcement as recently as last spring. Hodgkinson did not stop, he added, so he filed a report with the sheriff's office.