MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Wednesday said her staff was unable to find any correspondence from the man who shot Rep. Steve Scalise and four others at an Alexandria, Va., ballfield on Wednesday.
James T. Hodgkinson, 66, was shot and killed by police during the attack on Republican members of Congress practicing for a Thursday baseball game with Capitol Hill Democrats.
Hodgkinson's Facebook page, now deleted, showed him to be an avid fan of liberal causes, and he reportedly volunteered for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. He also said he was a fan of Maddow's show.
Sanders denounced the shooter's actions on the Senate floor on Wednesday, and Maddow acknowledged on her show that he said he watched her show.
Hodgkinson wrote several letters to the editor that were published in his hometown Belleville News-Democrat. In a 2012 letter, he called "The Rachel Maddow Show" "one of my favorite TV shows."
"He once submitted a letter to the editor that cited statistics about political donations that he says he heard on this TV show because he said he watched this TV show," Maddow told her audience.
"I should tell you we went through our correspondence today as soon as we got his name, as soon as we got that detail about him. We didn’t find evidence he ever sent anything to this show or tried to contact us at all."
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