James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, opened fire last month on a group of congressional Republicans at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, who were practicing for the annual Republican versus Democrat baseball game that raises money for charity.
On the day of the shooting, it was quickly discovered that Hodgkinson was an ultra-progressive Democrat who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during last year’s election. Hodgkinson’s social media postings also revealed that he had a deep hatred for President Donald Trump and Republicans. All of that evidence led investigators to point to politics as Hodgkinson’s motive.
WaPo evidence-free revisionism: Maybe Scalise shooter was inspired by right-wing Trump-loving radio host. https://t.co/VFSbFIBwlP— Byron York (@ByronYork) July 9, 2017
But that didn’t stop the Post from apparently alleging Saturday that Hodgkinson was partly inspired by a pro-Trump, right-wing radio host in his hometown.
The news outlet in a story titled, “In Alexandria shooter’s hometown, rage-filled radio host channels middle America’s inner frustration,” profiled local Belleville radio host Bob Romanik. The story describes Romanik as a racist, pro-Trump supporter who blames crime on black people.
Sit down for this one— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) July 8, 2017
Even though the leftist shooter had MSNBC all over his Facebook page the Post is tying him to conservative talk radio https://t.co/N0V63F4QNv
While Romanik’s radio audience may largely be filled with Republicans and white people, the Post story also connected “disenfranchised Democrats” to Romanik by quoting remarks the radio host recently made.
“I can’t say for sure if this Hodgkinson guy listened to me, but he probably did,” Romanik said recently, according to the Post. “If people would be honest about what drove Hodgkinson to the point of violence, you’d probably see a lot of people right on the same page with him all over the country. But around here, for sure.”