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Published On: Thu, Jun 15th, 2017

Chris Matthews on Virginia shooter: ‘We don’t know what sadness was in this guy’s life’

MSNBC host Chris Matthews offered a bizarre qualification and/or defense of Alexandria shooter James T. Hodgkinson on Wednesday, saying “We don’t know what sadness was in this guy’s life.” Check out the video clip below.

The divide over politics has been a topic of discussion after Hodgkinson shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.) and four others while Republican congressmen practiced baseball Wednesday morning.

Reports emerged of his activism on behalf of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and disdain for Republicans and President Trump.

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“Howard [Fineman], you and I know each other. You know what goes into somebody’s—we can say wacky behavior because they’re dead,” Matthews said, diverting from a point on civility in politics from Rep. Bill Johnson (R., Ohio).

“We don’t know what sadness was in this guy’s life … what his prospects were. Something that made him mad at the world so he focused on Republicans,” Matthews said. “He did understand inequality as an issue. Bernie Sanders wrote about that in the paper the other day.”

“There’s nothing wrong with the issue. It’s a great issue to fight for if you’re a progressive,” Matthews said. “But he got it into his head that he was going to get better equality of incomes in this country by killing people. That’s not going to happen.”

Fineman did not directly respond to Matthews’s remarks.

Canada Free Press ssummarized what many conservatives felt when hearing this:

“Can you imagine the outrage if this was a die-hard conservative shooting at a field of Democrats?  Can you imagine what Matthews would be saying?  There would be no effort to empathize with the shooter and no sympathy for his motives. There would only be rage, endless fundraising letters, and a demand for a ‘national conversation’ about hate.

“Instead, since this was a hardcore leftist, we’re treated to a boo-hoo moment where we’re supposed to consider the feelings of an attempted mass murderer.”

James Hodgkinson

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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