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Fake News: WaPo Tries to Link Alexandria Shooter to Right-Wing Talk Show Host

A bizarre Washington Post article that ran over the weekend ("In Alexandria shooter’s hometown, rage-filled radio host channels middle America’s inner frustration")  has readers shaking their heads in disbelief.

The article strongly suggests, without evidence, that left-wing terrorist James T. Hodgkinson was influenced by a right-wing radio host in his hometown.

Right-wing shock jock Bob Romanik is described by Peter Holley, the author of the piece, as "a surly 68-year-old former East St. Louis street cop" who habitually uses the "N" word.

Romanik is the type of uncouth, racist caricature lefties think every conservative white male is like. "He hates Black Lives Matter and talks proudly about his Caucasian heritage to anyone who will listen," Holley writes with apparent disdain.

The journalist went to a black church in town and apparently asked members if they thought Hodgkinson was influenced by Romanik.

At the church, members said it would be unfair to suggest any link between Romanik’s words and Hodgkinson’s actions but noted that Romanik speaks to a humiliating pain among the white working class that black Americans have felt for a long time.

It's interesting that the black church-goers put on their amateur psychologist hats and speculated that Romanik was speaking to the "humiliating pain among the white working class" etc. Because, frankly, that sounds more like something an elite, East Coast liberal might say about conservative talk radio listeners than the sort of thing you would hear from small-town folks at church. But okay.

His controversy-courting radio program — he’s the self-styled “Grim Reaper of Radio” on KQQZ 1190 AM — reaches across this region, in and around Belleville, Ill.

The suburban community about 20 miles east of St. Louis drew attention in recent weeks because it was the hometown of James T. Hodgkinson, the out-of-work politically frustrated home inspector who up and left, drove a van to the Washington area, and then shot four people at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria.

Holley forgot to mention a few things.

  1. The "people" Hodgkinson targeted were Republican congressmen and staffers.
  2. Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) is still in the hospital in serious condition.
  3. Hodgkinson had a "hit list" with at least six Republican names on it.
  4. Hodgkinson was a self-described Democratic Socialist and Bernie Sanders volunteer who despised President Trump, loved Rachel Maddow, and called the GOP "Rethuglicans."
  5. He belonged to a Facebook group called "Terminate the Republican Party" where he wrote "Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co."

Now, most people would consider Hodgkinson to be the polar opposite of Romanik -- and probably not a fan. But there is one thing that links him to the radio host that Holley apparently found compelling.