April 25, 2013
Almost everyone else, even in the left-blogosphere, has given up on that claim. Loughner was a lunatic living in a nether world who had no obvious political motivation for the shooting. Indeed, Loughner was so out of it that he initially was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial, a really tough standard.
Anecdotally, Loughner in his earlier years seemed to have liberal leanings according to people who knew him. He had no right-wing activism or connection, regardless of how broadly one defines “right wing.”
But it’s all about the narrative.