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A left-wing Brooklyn hotel is facing scrutiny over its fierce defense of John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried assassinating then-President Ronald Reagan in 1982 and, in the process, severely wounded the then-president and left his assistant, James Brady, paralyzed and permanently stuck in a wheelchair.
The drama over Hinckley is related to his status as some sort of musical star. Ever since his release from a psychiatric facility in 2016, he’s been posting videos to YouTube of himself playing a guitar and singing — and apparently, people find this charming.
Indeed, last weekend Hinckley posted a tweet touting his “upcoming show” at “Market Hotel in Brooklyn NY” and claimed, “ticket sales are good.”
Big news!! I will be performing on July 8 at the Market Hotel in Brooklyn, NY. Get your tickets while you can.
— John Hinckley (@JohnHinckley20) April 8, 2022
He wasn’t kidding about ticket sales. According to VenuePilot, as of Thursday morning the concert at Market Hotel was sold out.
In response to Hinckley’s tweet, one Twitter user slammed Market Hotel, saying they should “cancel” the concert, and asked, “what are you thinking.”
@markethotelnyc better cancel this . What are you thinking
— Matt Fortgang (@mattfortgang1) April 9, 2022
The user’s response was likely motivated by all the harm that Hinckley’s actions on March 30th, 1981 had caused.
“John W. Hinckley Jr. shot Reagan, White House press secretary James Brady and two officers outside a Washington hotel on March 30, 1981, less than two months into Reagan’s presidency. Reagan suffered a punctured lung and internal bleeding and nearly died of his injuries,” according to The Washington Post.
By August, Reagan was publicly claiming that he’d fully recovered, but according to the History channel, “in private … he would continue to feel the effects of the nearly fatal gunshot wound for years.”
“Of the [other] victims of the assassination attempt, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and D.C. policeman Thomas Delahanty eventually recovered. James Brady, who nearly died after being shot in the eye, suffered permanent brain damage,” the History channel further notes.
The brain damage was severe enough that Brady was “left with slurred speech and paralysis that required him to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life,” according to AL.com.
Upon Brady’s death 33 years later on Aug. 4th, 2014, his death was ruled a homicide connected to the 1981 shooting, though Hinckley was never charged for it.
Press Secretary James Brady’s death was ruled a homicide in 2014, 33 years after he was shot by James Hinkley Jr. In 1981, who was aiming for President Reagan. The coroner ruled the gun shot wound to his head contributed to his death years later. #OnThisDay pic.twitter.com/3eULFAPHE4
— Twisted History (@twistedhistory) March 30, 2021
Despite Hinckley’s twisted history, Market Hotel responded to the Twitter user’s question by defending him.
The man served 40 years in prison / mental health treatment, paid his debt to society. Several darlings of indie music had mental health issues + committed violence / tried to kill people. Daniel Johnston for instance attempted murder more than once and tried to crash an airplane
— MARKET HOTEL (@markethotelnyc) April 9, 2022
This defense attracted criticism, but in response to the criticism, Market Hotel chose to try and mock the critic with an ad hominem attack.
Something about trying to kill a President makes this one different, hope you lose money!
— Mike (@Mike76911189) April 10, 2022
— MARKET HOTEL (@markethotelnyc) April 10, 2022
And your point?
— Mike (@Mike76911189) April 11, 2022
Point is obvious
— MARKET HOTEL (@markethotelnyc) April 11, 2022
Point is that asshole changed a lot of peoples lives for their life, he is a Piece Of Shit!
— Mike (@Mike76911189) April 13, 2022
In response to the latter tweet, Market Hotel chose to talk trash about Reagan, a man considered by many to have been one of America’s greatest presidents.
“Hinckley didn’t f–k up a billionth as many lives as the Reagan admin did. And Hinckley at least faced some comeuppance for what he did. He served 40 years, acknowledged his actions, expressed remorse, was out of his mind incapacitated when he did his crimes and got treatment,” the hotel wrote.
The tweet has since been deleted, but a screenshot remains:
In responding to another critic, the Market Hotel seemed to reveal that it’s a left-wing organization.
What is this world right now
— No More Fun. No More Games. (@AndyDrebin) April 11, 2022
A passing glance at your Twitter shows you to be Left-leaning. As such, you should believe people can be redeemed, and that society isn’t served by permanent banishment – regardless of the crime. This guy was incapacitated by mental health issues and in any case, served his time.
— MARKET HOTEL (@markethotelnyc) April 9, 2022
See more criticism of the hotel below:
I agree with second chances, but has he expressed any contrition or acknowledgment of wrongdoing? If he can’t do that because he’s lost his marbles, how can you trust him to be in your venue?
— Stephen O’Neill (@steveo_bucks_76) April 14, 2022
Two wrongs do not make a right. This man tried to kill the president and ruined the lives of others. Shame on you.
— MeinlJoe (@JoeNazaro) April 9, 2022
…and the people he paralyzed for life. When do they get their turn?
— Billy Woody (@BillyGWoody) April 14, 2022
This is a really foolish tweet. Daniel Johnston threw the ignition key out of an airplane. John Hinckley destroyed people’s lives. Let him play music in your hotel but don’t trivialize the severity of his crimes.
— No I’m not a bot, you’re just weak. (@cianlangoutlook) April 10, 2022
As for Hinckley’s YouTube account, it may be accessed below:
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