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WASHINGTON – “The assassination plot directed at Republican members of Congress Wednesday morning is proof positive of Trump Derangement Syndrome,” former Rep. Michele Bachmann told WND.

“The political left is more than unhinged; they have fallen into a dangerous delusion of their own making,” she remarked after a gunman opened fire on GOP lawmakers at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday morning, wounding five people.

MedStar Washington Hospital tweeted in the afternoon that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s condition had been downgraded to critical, after he had been reported to be in stable condition all morning.

“The assassin was a Bernie Sanders volunteer, Rachel Maddow fan, avid follower of Comedy Central and of Bill Maher,” Bachmann noted.

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Former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

As WND is reporting, the shooting suspect killed this morning, James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, campaigned for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election.

“The [would-be] assassin obviously listened well to his TV political ‘teachers’ and took his ‘resist’ marching orders to an unthinkable level, based upon the hysterical, fact-deprived, profanity-laced ravings of the lunatic left,” said the former lawmaker from Minnesota.

Bachmann took aim at a graphic and dramatic depiction of violence against the GOP’s top leader, one that is getting rave reviews but condemnation from the right.

“The Trump assassination play in New York’s Central Park should close,” she declared.

She was referring to the annual production of “Shakespeare in the Park” that currently features a performance that transforms Julius Caesar into the spitting image of President Trump dressed in a modern business suit, who is brutally stabbed to death on stage.

President Trump look-alike is assassinated in Central Park production of "Julius Caesar"

President Trump look-alike is assassinated in Central Park production of “Julius Caesar”

The Public Theater’s website states “Shakespeare’s political masterpiece has never felt more contemporary,” describing the main character as a magnetic populist “bent on absolute power” who is assassinated by a “small band of patriots, devoted to the country’s democratic traditions.”

Audiences in Manhattan are giving performances standing ovations while those on the right are appalled.

But the uproar over people cheering the bloody assassination of the president of the United States caused major sponsors Delta Air Lines and Bank of America to discontinue their financial support of New York’s Public Theater over the weekend.

The New York Times blamed the loss of revenue on “days of criticism online and in right-leaning media outlets.”

Bachmann told WND, “Defiant play sponsor American Express should offer an apology and state they will no longer back plays that advocate violence and assassination plots against political figures.”

American Express claims it doesn’t sponsor Shakespeare in the Park or the current production of “Julius Caesar,” but that may be semantics because the credit-card company does sponsor Public Theater, the company that produces the play.

However, American Express removed its sponsor banner on the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park website on Monday.

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Normalizing beheadings and violence, by James Zumwalt

Bachmann’s blaming of the political climate for the shooting of the GOP lawmakers was echoed by an eyewitness who was himself targeted.

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“This political rhetoric and discourse that has led to hate has led to gunfire,” said Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., who was at bat when the gunfire began.

Bachmann reflected: “Rep. Steve Scalise and I were part of the same congressional class. He and other members of Congress and their staffs are in my fervent prayers for their safety.”

To really understand the war zone America is becoming, read the June issue of WND’s acclaimed monthly Whistleblower magazine, “RAGE AND VIOLENCE: Why the Left has gone insane in the Age of Trump.”

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