Roger Stone blames shooting on 'climate of hate' toward Trump

Roger Stone, a longtime adviser and friend of President Trump, blamed the media for a Wednesday morning shooting in Alexandria that injured Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and four others, saying that reporters have fostered the "climate of hate" toward the president.

"I believe the shooting is a sad manifestation of the climate of hate that has been whipped up by the mainstream media against the president and Republicans," Stone told Buzzfeed on Wednesday. 

Stone also warned news outlets against placing blame on the "alt-right," which Stone said he identifies with.

"Lest anyone seek to blame the alt-right I understand the shooter was a [Bernie] Sanders supporter," Stone said.

Stone isn't the only Trump supporter who has pointed fingers following the shooting. Earlier Wednesday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blamed the shooting on "an increasing intensity of hostility on the left."



James Hodgkinson, 66, was identified as the shooter in Alexandria, and died Wednesday from wounds sustained in the shootout with police, authorities confirmed.

Hodgkinson, according to social media and reports, was a supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersIdentity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination 2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend Bill Maher defends Bernie Sanders campaign over sexual harassment allegations MORE (I) and had expressed deep outrage over Republican policies.