Joy Reid: ‘Ridiculous’ to link violent art to violent acts
MSNBC’s Joy Reid says it is “ridiculous” to claim that ultraviolent art depicting the assassination of President Trump may have influenced the political activist who shot at congressional Republicans Wednesday.
Rep. Steve Scalise and at least four others were hospitalized in Alexandria, Virginia, after a baseball field rampage by 66-year-old gunman James Hodgkinson. Ms. Reid of “AM Joy” told her 652,000 Twitter followers that Hodgkinson, a former volunteer for Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders’ failed presidential campaign, could not have been swayed by a New York Shakespeare in the Park production depicting Julius Caesar as Mr. Trump.
“People blaming the Virginia shooting on Shakespeare (but not easy gun access) have got to be the most ridiculous people on earth,” she wrote.
Hodgkinson’s social media accounts were filled with anti-Trump messages, including one that read: “Trump is a traitor. Trump has destroyed our democracy. It’s time to destroy Trump & Co.”
Members of a Facebook page he belonged to, “Terminate the Republican Party,” also celebrated the shooting, although the post was quickly deleted by the site moderator.