On the morning of June 14, 2017, at 7:09 am at a practice of the Republican team for the Congressional Baseball Game in a public park (Eugene Simpson Stadium Park) in Alexandria, VA, about 10 miles from Washington, DC, a Bernie Sanders supporter named James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois opened fire with a rifle on the Republicans, shooting and wounding Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) and three other people. (Wikipedia)
As reported by Fox News, Sen. Jeff Flake and former combat surgeon Rep. Brad Wenstrup ran to assist Scalise after U.S. Capitol Police shot and killed Hodgkinson, 66, who had a violent history including arrests for battery, resisting arrest and drunken driving. Senator Rand Paul, also a witness, said he heard “as many as 50 shots”. Calling the scene “sort of a killing field,” Paul said, “We were like sitting ducks. Without the Capitol Hill police it would have been a massacre.”
Shot in the hip, Rep. Scalise was the only member of Congress to be hit. The other three who were wounded are:
- Zack Barth, a congressional aide to Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas).
- Tyson Foods director of government relations Matt Mika was shot multiple times and was in critical condition.
- Special Agent Crystal Griner was shot in the leg. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala) used a belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.
Initially conscious after being shot, Scalise went into shock while being taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center in critical condition, where he underwent immediate surgery. MedStar is the same hospital to which Seth Rich — believed to the source of the damaging DNC emails published by WikiLeaks — was brought after being shot in a residential D.C. neighborhood early Sunday morning, July 10, 2016. Rich died in MedStar under suspicious conditions.
MedStar surgeon Dr. Jack Sava — said to have been Seth Rich’s surgeon as well — said Scalise had been hit by a single rifle bullet that “traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding”. Sava said that when Scalise arrived at the hospital, “he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death,” but that after surgery by June 16, although still in critical condition, “We have controlled internal bleeding and his vital signs have stabilized”. On June 17, Scalise’s condition was upgraded to “serious” and he was responsive enough to talk with his family. He will required additional operations to manage abdominal and bone injuries.
Stephen Joseph Scalise, 51, is House Majority Whip and the representative for Louisiana’s 1st congressional district, serving since 2008. Scalise endorsed President Trump during last year’s presidential campaign, and has been a vocal backer of Trump’s travel ban. As chair of the House Republican Study Committee, he has spearheaded the effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
The buzz in the Alternative Media is that Scalise was targeted because of his strong stance against child predators and sex trafficking. Seven reasons are cited in support:
(1) Hodgkinson specifically targeted Republicans
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), who left the baseball practice just before the shooting, told Fox News that as he was walking to his car, a man asked him if it was Republicans or Democrats practicing. About 3 minutes later, at around 7:09 a.m., the shooting began. DeSantis said James Hogkinson was the man who had approached him.
In fact, Hodgkinson had a “kill” list of names of conservative Republican Congressmen in his pocket at the time of the shooting. (Fox News)
(2) Rep. Scalise has spoken out on child sex predators
(3) Scalise is a co-sponsor of a bill to criminalize those who make, facilitate, use, or transmit “visual images” of child sex
Scalise is one of 6 co-sponsors of H.R. 1761: Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017, which amends title 18, United States Code, to criminalize the knowing consent of the visual depiction or live transmission of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and for other purposes, including the amendment of subsections (a) and (b) of Section 2251 of title 18, United States Code to read as follows:
“(a) Any person who, in a circumstance described in subsection (f), knowingly—
“(1) employs, uses, persuades, induces, entices, or coerces a minor to engage in any sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of such conduct, or transmitting a live visual depiction of such conduct;
“(2) produces or causes to be produced a visual depiction of a minor engaged in any sexually explicit conduct where the production of such visual depiction involves the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct and such visual depiction is of such conduct;
“(3) transmits or causes to be transmitted a live visual depiction of a minor engaged in any sexually explicit conduct;
“(4) has a minor assist any other person to engage in any sexually explicit conduct during the commission of an offense set forth in paragraphs (1) through (3) of this subsection; or
“(5) transports any minor in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce with the intent that such minor be used in the production or live transmission of a visual depiction of a minor engaged in any sexually explicit conduct,
shall be punished as provided under subsection (e).
(b) Any parent, legal guardian, or person having custody or control of a minor who, in a circumstance described in subsection (f), knowingly permits such minor to engage in, or to assist any other person to engage in, sexually explicit conduct knowing that a visual depiction of such conduct will be produced or transmitted shall be punished as provided under subsection (e).”
HR 1761 was passed by the House of Representatives on May 25, 2017. The bill was received in the U.S. Senate on June 5, and referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
(4) New York Times tipped off the shooter on the Congressional baseball practice field
From a NYT article by Nicholas Fandos on April 12, 2017:
“When members of Congress practice in the early mornings in an Alexandrea, Va., public park for their Congressional Baseball Game, plainclothes United States Capital Police are sitting there in a black S.U.V.”
(5) President Trump knows
On June 14, the day of the shooting, President Trump and First Lady Melania made a surprise, unscheduled visit to Rep. Scalise at MedStar. They were accompanied by Trump’s personal physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson. (New York Daily News)
The Alt-Media say this is Trump’s way of ensuring Scalise’s survival by sending a message to Pedogate that he is watching them.
(6) Democrats sent pizzas to Scalise’s staff
By now, anyone acquainted with Pizzagate cannot help but associate pizza with peodphiles.
Given that, it is curious that on the day of the shooting, staffers for House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) were seen carrying several boxes of pizza to Scalise’s office. (The Hill)
(7) John Podesta wanted Rep. Scalise to resign
In 2015, John Podesta, chair of Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign and a prime player in Pizzagate, was part of a signature drive in a petition to get Scalise to resign.
Here’s the email published by WikiLeaks:
So, do you think Congressman Scalise was targeted because of his stance on Pedogate? Sound off in our poll!
By the way, two days ago, AltMedia journalist Jack Posobiec tweeted that a source told him “the Podesta case is open,” implying that the FBI is investigating John Podesta.
Please pray that the evildoers be brought to justice.
UPDATE (July 6, 2017):
After undergoing multiple surgeries, Rep. Scalise was transferred out of the ICU on June 22, and was listed in fair condition.
Today, however, MedStar Washington Hospital Center announced he is in “serious” condition and has been readmitted to the intensive care unit due to “new concerns for infection”. (New York Post)
We must fight the evil ones with the light of Christ. Please pray for Steve Scalise.