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James Hodgkinson Blamed the Rich but Was an Abuser

Written by Joe Scudder

Before he tried to kill Republicans, James Hodgkinson hit his foster daughter in the face.

As an avid Bernie Supporter, James Hodgkinson despised the “one percent” as exploiters of ordinary Americans. He hated the Republican Party for serving the interests of the rich and hurting the poor.

Yet, when given responsibility for a girl in his own home, James Hodgkinson was no model of how to use his power and authority to help the poor and disadvantaged.

The Chicago Tribune reports, “Congressional shooter James Hodgkinson was abusive alcoholic, foster daughter told judge before her overdose death.

Teeenager Cathy Rainbolt told a judge her foster father hit her in the face when she failed to mow the lawn correctly. She got hit in the face when she argued. She got hit and dragged by the hair when she tried to get away.

Her foster father was James “Tom” Hodgkinson, who is now infamous after shooting U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, two police officers and a staffer on a Virginia ballfield Wednesday. Rainbolt told the judge that Hodgkinson drank every day.

“I didn’t mark a time when (Hodgkinson) started hitting me,” Rainbolt told St. Clair County Circuit Judge James Radcliffe during a hearing Nov. 21, 2006. “It’s been hard to live with (an alcoholic) and how (he) treated me,” Rainbolt said.

The transcript of the hearing was unsealed, along with the rest of Rainbolt’s juvenile file, after a request by the Belleville News-Democrat was granted by Circuit Judge Jan Fiss on Friday afternoon. Rainbolt died in 2015 of a drug overdose after a life “mixed with human suffering and laughter,” her obit read.

Is there a lesson to learn about Social Justice Warriors and Leftists here?

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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