Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Monday that he does not blame President Trump for the actions of the gunman who carried out a mass shooting in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
"I’m not going to sit here and blame the president" for the actions of the Pittsburgh gunman, the senator said.
Forty-eight-year-old gunman Robert Bowers walked into a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday, shouting "all Jews must die," and killed a total of 11 people, including four police officers. He was arrested at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday morning.
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Sanders is receiving attention following Saturday's shooting because the gunman who opened fire on a congressional baseball practice was a supporter of his.
James Hodgkinson, 66, nearly took the lives of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and other Republican congressmen last year at a congressional baseball practice.
Hodgkinson targeted Republicans at the baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia and was killed by Capitol Police. He was a vocal supporter of Sanders and liberal causes. He was a member of Facebook groups like “Terminate the Republican Party,” “Expose Republican Fraud,” and “Donald Trump is not my president.”
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he heard Hodgkinson screaming "this is for healthcare" as he opened fire on the baseball field.
Scalise spent much of the past 16 months in and out of surgery and in recovery. He returned to Congress in late September 2017.
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Sanders was quick to decry the shooter. Hours after the shooting, Sanders said on the Senate floor: "Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms."
The senator is also getting attention because the president is receiving some of the blame for Bowers' actions.
Some pundits have argued that there is a connection between the actions of Bowers and the president's rhetoric.
“You can draw a direct line from all of the vitriol and hate rhetoric about the caravan that’s some 2,000 miles away from our border and the gunman in Pittsburgh, who referenced that, and somehow turned it into an attack on Jews,” CNN host Alisyn Camerota said Monday.