Sanders: 'Distressing' to hear shooter volunteered for campaign

Sanders: 'Distressing' to hear shooter volunteered for campaign
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersClinton backs Georgia governor hopeful on eve of primary The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Frenzy over Kennedy retirement rumors | Trump challenges DOJ Bernie Sanders announces Senate reelection bid MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday said it was “distressing” to learn that the shooter in last week’s attack on Republican lawmakers at a suburban Washington baseball field had volunteered for his presidential campaign.

“So obviously it was distressing to find out that this particular person had been a volunteer in, I believe, Iowa,” Sanders told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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Sanders noted that his campaign had hundreds of thousands of volunteers, but never any violence at his rallies.

After a gunman opened fire on GOP lawmakers practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game last week, a Facebook account appearing to belong to him emerged showing 66-year-old James Hodgkinson to be a critic of President Trump and the GOP. Hodgkinson died after being shot by police during the attack.

The shooter hit Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and four others.