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Rush Limbaugh Claims Media’s "Lies" and "Hysteria" Inspired The Baseball Field Shooter

The news media “radicalized” the gunman who shot a congressman and four others Wednesday morning, Rush Limbaugh suggested on his talk show.

Newsmax reported that the conservative radio host seized on the tragedy to lash out at reporters, accusing them of “fake news.” The alleged shooter, James Hodgkinson, was a liberal who had posted on social media numerous statements slamming President Trump. The Illinois native, who apparently volunteered for the Bernie Sanders campaign in Iowa, appeared in a news clip holding a protest sign with the message: “Tax the Rich.”

“I have been worried for quite a while about the cumulative effect or impact of this constant anti-Trump hysteria everywhere in mainstream media: New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC,” Limbaugh said. “It’s hysteria. It’s lies. It’s things that are completely manufactured about Trump personally, about Trump and Russia, about climate change, about any number of things. I have been very concerned about what all of this is doing to the average, base Democrat voter. I have sensed them getting more and more fringe and imbalanced, and the evidence for it is everywhere in the things that they tweet. They openly promote violence, and advocate some of the most despicable things happening to their political enemies.”

The commentator claimed that “the hatred is raw, it is undiluted, it’s just savage.” He continued: “These are the mainstream of the Democrat base, and I don’t have any doubt that they are being radicalized.” Hodgkinson regularly watched “Comedy Central, Bill Maher and left-wing comedians,” according to Limbaugh, who declared: “Rachel Maddow was his all-time favorite. He thought she should run for president. These people have radicalized guys like this all over this country.” Maddow hosts a highly rated political program on MSNBC.

“So the shooter was acting on the fake news, the big lie, that Trump had colluded with Putin,” Limbaugh said, referring to allegations that the president’s campaign worked with the Russian leader to interfere in the 2016 election. “This guy believed everything he heard. This guy soaked it up and believed everything and thought Trump should be sent packing along with the Republicans. … He was a mainstream Democrat voter.”

Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the House majority whip, was among the Republican lawmakers who were practicing at an Alexandria, Virginia ballfield for the annual charity baseball game between GOP and Democratic members of Congress. Scalise was listed in critical condition following surgery for a gunshot wound in his hip, which broke bones and damaged internal organs. Doctors said additional surgical procedures are likely. Two Capitol Hill police officers, a congressional aide and a lobbyist also were struck by bullets. One of the officers was still hospitalized Thursday. Police on the scene of the shooting gunned down Hodgkinson, who died at a hospital later in the day.

Lashing out at liberals is nothing new for Limbaugh, who has promoted right-wing ideology for decades. While his colorful rhetoric has cost him some sponsors, his show continues to air on radio stations across the country.

Source: Newsmax
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