James Eric Fuller
A victim of the Arizona shootings who had been widely quoted in the news media as blaming the massacre on rhetoric from Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin is a known liberal activist who has previously campaigned against Beck.
The victim, James Eric Fuller, was arrested yesterday at a Tucson town-hall meeting after shouting “You’re dead!” at Tucson Tea Party spokesman Trent Humphries.
He was charged with making threats, intimidation and disorderly conduct and was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation, said Pima County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jason Ogan.
Fuller, a 63 year-old disabled military veteran, was shot in the knee and back during the attack that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and left six people dead and 13 others wounded.
Following the shooting, Fuller gave an interview to the far-left Democracy NOW, in which he did not mince words at apportioning blame for the tragedy.
“It looks like Palin, Beck, Sharron Angle and the rest got their first target,” Fuller said.
“Their wish for Second Amendment activism has been fulfilled – senseless hatred leading to murder, lunatic fringe anarchism, subscribed to by John Boehner, mainstream rebels with vengeance for all, even 9-year-old girls,” he added, referring to the death of nine year old Christina Taylor Green.
Fuller was subsequently widely quoted in the news media, including in pieces by the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.
The New York Times piece quoted Fuller as explaining why he attended the public event last week featuring Giffords.
“I wanted to give her (Giffords) a boost and to protect her from the tea-party crime syndicate and to shout them down,” he said. “I can make a lot of noise.”
Like the suspected shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, Fuller previously volunteered for Giffords.
The Times also noted Fuller became interested in politics recently and fell hard for “liberal causes.” He sends e-mail blasts denouncing “Replundercans.”
The term seems to refer to a 1998 book by Jim Goad, “The Redneck Manifesto: How Hillbillies Hicks and White Trash Becames America.”
Goad writes: “Replundercans and Doomocrats are people who’ve made such a habit of compromising , they don’t even have faces any more, just soft pink blurs atop gray business suits.”
Fuller’s news media attention even prompted a Twitter update from Media Matters for America Senior Fellow Eric Boehlert, who tweeted, “Countdown to smearing wounded veteran from Tucson massacre begins … now.”
Meanwhile, WND has learned Fuller has a history of activism against Beck.
In a March article at a website called PoliticsUnlocked.com, Fuller denounced Beck as a “fascist.”
“It’s true that fireball Beck somehow arrived at his delusions via the public library, a system founded by Benjamin Franklin for the public good, but his identity is in the bloody realm of Benito Mussolini,” he wrote, “because Beck is a passionate believer in the merger of corporate and state power.”
“You ought to call a fascist a fascist,” added Fuller.
In a profile he maintains at another website, Hypnothoughts, Fuller writes, “I use extraordinary persuasive charisma to interest blasé, apathetic, oblivious and at times hostile voters to listen to the voice of justice and consanguinity.”
Among his hobbies, Fuller lists piano playing, bicycling, tennis and “proselytizing.”
With research by Brenda J. Elliott.