Bernie Sanders: ‘It Was Distressing’ To Find Out Congressional Shooter Was a Campaign Volunteer

Shortly after James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on an Alexandria baseball field, seriously injuring Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and others, it was discovered that he was a fervent Bernie Sanders supporter who volunteered for his presidential campaign. Sanders would later release a statement condemning the shooting as a “despicable act.” Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union this morning, Sanders addressed the shooting and Hodgkinson being a volunteer, stating that there was “no violence at all” at his campaign events during the election. “I am absolutely convinced that the overwhelming — not overwhelming — virtually all people associated with our political movement understand you have the right to stand up, debate, you have the right to protest, but violence is not acceptable,” the Vermont lawmaker stated. He added, “So, obviously, it was distressing to find out that this particular person had been a volunteer, I believe in Iowa, for period of time.” Regarding the role of overheated political rhetoric in the shooting, Sanders said “sometimes rhetoric on all sides that are not quite acceptable.” Watch the clip above, via CNN. [image via screengrab]Follow Justin Baragona on Twitter: @justinbaragona

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