Hate fuels impeachment talk. When that hate is unrequited is becomes violence.  In the political sphere, violence is assassination.

The shooter at Wednesday morning’s Republican baseball practice targeted members of that party.  He was a Bernie Sanders volunteer who heard Sanders speak of revolution over and over again. The social media trail left by the shooter is rife with anti-Trump rantings.

Another Facebook post:

 On June 12, he wrote, “Make America Great Again, Resign!,” along with a meme of Trump with the words, “All in all it’s just another prick in the wall.” He also wrote, “Trump is Guilty & Should Go to Prison for Treason” and “Trump is a Mean, Disgusting Person.”

There’s a reason apologists for monsters like Hodgkinson utter protests like “motives remain a mystery” or “we may never know why.”  It’s because they’re giving the dastardly deed cover.  Talk of Muslim extremist inspired slaughter gets spiked. Dylann Roof’s photos with confederate flags are broadcast for all the world to see.

The left wants Donald Trump impeached or removed from office and their kook fringe is frustrated to the point of violence that it’s not happening. Antifa thugs get stand down treatment from leftist local governments who, in the case of the mayor of Berkeley, actually winks and welcomes their political support.

Exhortations from academicians, entertainers, and some members of the media on Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere call for GOP blood in the streets.  At the end of the day, Hodgkinson is doing what he’s told. We’re admonished by top right wing thinkers not to connect the dots, but where has that gotten us except, now, shot?

Sorry Ben, this is bigger than your tut tuts.  Sternly worded think pieces and whitepapers about restraint have just made us sitting ducks. Here’s what a congressman on the scene thought.

Shortly after the shooting Wednesday morning at a congressional baseball practice, Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) told NBC News that it appeared the “gunman was there to kill as many Republican members as possible.” Walker, who was at the practice for the upcoming annual congressional baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia, confirmed he was “shaken but okay.”

Stuff gets real outside the rarefied air of the New York to DC shuttle or a blog or podcast. What’s the matter? Not restrained enough?

Congressman Jeff Duncan told reporters he was asked by the shooter whether the players on the field were Republicans and Democrats.  Duncan left the practice and minutes later five were gunned down.  Wolf Blitzer and later a reporter talking to Duncan tried to put Duncan on his heels.  “How could you be sure this was the shooter?  “How could you make the connection to Republicans?”  Dismiss inconvenient narratives with prejudice, at any cost, right?. The shooter belonged to a group called “Terminate the Republican Party.”  Republican Rodney Davis, still in his baseball clothes, called the shooting “the first political rhetorical terrorist act.”  Even lefty USA Today observed the shooter “raged against the GOP.”  Yet the FBI, who is quick to implicate “Russian hackers” and their predatory political motives, is remiss to implicate Hodgkinson’s politics.

Shove your restraint, Ben Shapiro.  Elected officials are being cut down standing at second base, followed by their security detail and anybody else who can’t dive into a dugout.  This is now DefCon third world, banana republic, shoot the party in power if you can’t defeat them at the ballot box. Get your head out the sand, boy.  This “traitor” rhetoric now gives the green light to assassination.