WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders says the man authorities identified as opening fire on the Republican congressional baseball practice had apparently volunteered on his presidential campaign.

Sanders, of Vermont, says in a statement: “I am sickened by this despicable act.”

He says that “violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.”

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He paid tribute to Capitol Police for their response to the shooting, and said his “hopes and prayers” are with House GOP Whip Steve Scalise and others who were wounded.

Sanders challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential election.

bernie sanders 2017 I Am Sickened: Bernie Sanders Says Alexandria Shooter Was Apparently Campaign Volunteer

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He adds in his statement that “real change” can only come through nonviolent action.

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Comments (2)
  1. This one’s one you, Bernie. Just another nutcase who idolized you and your f’ed up philosophy. You caused this to happen.

    1. Nonsense. If somebody agrees with something *you* posted and then commits a heinous act like this shooter did, does that make *you*, Steve Stevenson, the person responsible? Who knows, maybe they even idolized you…

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