James Hodgkinson was a Democrat.  I say “was” because the 66-year-old James Hodgkinson was killed after shooting up a baseball field outside of Washington, D.C., where Republicans were practicing for the Congressional baseball game. GOP Rep. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, was shot in the hip and four others were also injured. Thankfully, Capitol police were able to stop his evil rampage.  Hodgkinson hated Trump and loved Bernie Sanders.   Journalists could barely pointed out his political affiliation, and they wanted us to believe Hodgkinson was an anomaly, a random agent of chaos.

Instead, recent developments suggest he may have been the beginning of a new era of political strife and violence.  Erick Erickson points out why:

“Democratic” socialists stormed a restaurant in Washington to disrupt dinner until the Secretary of Homeland Security fled. Hollywood celebrities have encouraged the kidnapping and raping of the President’s child and his press secretary’s child. Government employees who work for Homeland Security have seen their home addresses put on the internet and, in some cases, pictures of their family displayed by activists intent on harming them.”

That’s not historically normal political behavior, folks.  But it is now.   Recently, restaurants have stopped serving prominent conservatives like Sarah Huckabee Sanders.  And how have Democrats responded?  Well, Maxine Water, a Democrat from California, said it was going to get worse. According to HuffPo:

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) warned members of Donald Trump’s Cabinet to be prepared for a slew of outraged heckling and public shaming on the streets and in restaurants and stores if they continue to support the president’s controversial zero tolerance policy on undocumented immigrants.

“You think we’re rallying now? You ain’t seen nothing yet,” she vowed at an enthusiastic Los Angeles rally Saturday. “Already you have members of your Cabinet that are being booed out of restaurants … protesters taking up at their house saying ‘no peace, no sleep.’”

So, conservatives aren’t allowed to sleep in their own homes?

Erickson continues:

… the left is more and more normalizing violence and harassment against their political opponents and justifying it with the language of morality. What should not be normal is becoming normal, and that is a dangerous game. This will not end well for anyone. Violent extremists on the left, including Hollywood celebrities, are only going to emboldened more James Hodgkinsons. It is going to happen. And the condemnation from the left will become more and more faint as it does. They have decided the President and his supporters get what they deserve.

This isn’t just a lack of civility, this is an active hatred toward people who disagree with them.  As Erickson concluded, “This won’t end well.”

Hat Tip: the Maven

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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