Fuller’s emergence as a beeping smoke detector amid the right-wing haze of the “Climate of Hate” has already drawn praise from Soros operative Eric Bohlert, who issued a Twitter taunt to Michelle Malkin and Andrew Breitbart: “Countdown to smearing wounded veteran from Tucson massacre begins… now.”
If you haven’t heard of James Eric Fuller, you soon will. From the LA Times:
James Eric Fuller, a 63-year-old Democratic activist, was arrested after shouting “You’re dead!” at Tucson Tea Party spokesman Trent Humphries, said Pima County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jason Ogan. Fuller was shot in the knee and back Jan. 8 when a gunman opened fire, killing six and injuring 13, including Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Fuller, a disabled veteran and former campaign volunteer for Giffords, was charged with making threats, intimidation and disorderly conduct and was involuntarily committed for a psychiatric evaluation, Ogan said.
In an interview with Democracy Now on Thursday, Fuller linked the shooting to conservative leaders associated with the tea party, including Sarah Palin, Fox News commentator Glenn Beck and Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle. “It looks like Palin, Beck, Sharron Angle and the rest got their first target,” Fuller said.
I wonder how David Fitzsimmons (Daily Star) and Steve Benson (Arizona Republic) will treat this event, and Mr. Fuller, in their cartoons? After all, Steve Benson drew a cartoon this week—the week when we’ve all been called to come together and start healing—that showed Sarah Palin morphing into a Glock handgun. And Fitz is…well, Fitz. (Perhaps editorial cartoonists are exempt…perhaps it’s all the rest of us who are supposed to come together).
Meanwhile, a Google search for “James Eric Fuller” turns up a page on the website “Hypnothoughts” for someone named “James Eric Fuller”. If they’re the same men, then the next few days could be very interesting, indeed:
Where do you live? Tucson, Arizona
Hypnosis Experience: No Hypnosis Experience
What are you looking for on this site? KIndred spirits and an opportunity to advocate my personal agenda promoting social justice and common sense.
Areas of Specialty: I use extraordinary persuasive charisma to interest blase, apathetic, oblivious and at times hostile voters to listen to the voice of justice and consanguinity. My experiences encountering public figures and many affluent travelers in person has led me to believe that we all are to blame for George W. Bush.As Plato stated, “The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves.”
“Democracy Now” really knows how to pick ‘em, don’t they?
UPDATE: Apparently, Mr. Fuller had quite the week for himself. Here’s a comment from the conservative blog Redstate, on Mr. Fuller’s interview with the…ahem, New York Times.
Mr. Fuller was also involved in a confrontation on Jan. 8, shortly before the attack on Ms. Giffords, which occurred at an event she held for her constituents outside a Safeway supermarket. He said in a long interview last week with The New York Times that he had argued there with a man he described as a former Marine after a heated discussion over politics. Gabriel Zimmerman, an aide to Ms. Giffords, separated the two.
Mr. Zimmerman was killed in the attack later that morning.
Mr. Fuller spoke dismissively of Republicans during the interview. “They appeal to simple-minded rednecks,” he said.
He said that he had had trouble sleeping after he was wounded and that he calmed himself the first night by writing down the Declaration of Independence, which he had memorized three decades earlier.
In the first days after the attack, his anger seemed especially strong. In the interview, he repeatedly denounced the “Tea Party crime syndicate,” and said he placed some of the blame for the shooting on Sarah Palin and other Republican leaders, saying he believed they had contributed to a toxic atmosphere.
He said he had expected to see protesters at Ms. Giffords’s event, and had planned “to shout them down because I can make a lot of noise