By: Paul Bremmer | WND

This week brought a chilling reminder of the devastating effects of leftist rage in America. A group of Republican congressmen practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game found themselves dodging a hail of bullets from a would-be assassin’s gun Wednesday.

The shooter, identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, was a Bernie Sanders supporter who held fervent left-wing political views, if his Facebook profile is any indication.

Hodgkinson’s Facebook “likes” included the Southern Poverty Law Center, Right Wing Watch, Media Matters, Occupy DC,, Rachel Maddow, Michael Moore, Americans Against the Republican Party, and many more anti-Republican and left-wing pages.

Noah Nathan films shootout at an Alexandria, Virginia park that wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

The shooting comes amid a disturbing trend of “jokes” from public figures about murdering President Trump.

The most recent example came from the Public Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” in New York’s Central Park. The play portrayed a modern-day Caesar who resembled Donald Trump: a dictator with blonde hair, a business suit, a gold bathtub and a Slavic wife. The Trump-like Caesar got knifed to death onstage, drawing a standing ovation from the audience.

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