Among those was House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who remains hospitalized after undergoing several surgeries after being shot in the hip. "People say weird things all the time".
Posts from a year ago show he was adamantly opposed to Clinton, and, after the election, to President Donald Trump. He posted rhetoric against the political party on social media.
Ballistic tests are being done to determine if both were used during the attack.
"The center of America is disappearing, and the violence is incited by the leading cultural voices of the Left", GOP Rep. Steve King of Iowa said over Twitter.
When asked to contemplate the possibility that their vitriolic rhetoric against Republicans inspired this awful and bigoted act of violence - in the same way that liberals insisted, in 1995, that conservative talk radio had inspired the Oklahoma City bombing - Democrats parse words and split hairs, make excuses and change the subject.
In the past, neighbors had complained about him shooting guns near their home. She accused Republicans of "sanctimony" for suggesting Democrats are the ones to blame.
"He would get politically aggressive". "I can't wrap my head around it".
At an emotional press conference outside the couple's home in Belleville, Illinois, Sue Hodgkinson struggled for words to describe events running up to the shooting and said her husband, known also as Tom, had told her he had gone to the nation's capital to "work on taxes".
The gunman was believed to have harbored unfavorable views toward Republicans at large, including President Donald Trump.
"Looking back with 20/20 hindsight, I can see how the guy was troubled, but at the time I thought he was working", Brennwald said.
Congressman Scalise supported President Trump.
Schaumleffel seemed to think the 2016 election enraged Hodgkinson: "He was getting even with whomever got into office he didn't like - he was going to take some of them out".
(FBI via AP). This poster released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation asks for information on James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill.
A reporter asked her about a rumor that her husband was planning on returning home in the coming days.
"He would just sit and stare at the Golf Channel", she said. Many seemed genuinely saddened to have reached a point where partisanship has overwhelmed politics, bringing routine legislating to a virtual standstill and all but eliminating any hope for significant bipartisan accomplishments. Hodgkinson sprayed rifle fire at Republican congressmen on Wednesday as they practiced for a charity baseball game.
Democratic and Republican lawmakers have roundly condemned Hodgkinson's actions and called for a moment of unity immeidately after the shooting.