John Hinckley Jr. launches his own political party

They say politics is the last refuge for a scoundrel – and now, apparently, people who have tried to assassinate a president.

John Hinckley Jr., who shot then-President Ronald Reagan in 1981, announced Wednesday that he was forming a new political group: the National Redemption Party, or NRP.

The 67-year-old said in a tweet that the NRP is “for peace, love, racial equality, LGBTQ rights, abortion rights, Green New Deal”, but opposes to “the crowd that controls the music industry”.

The bit about the music industry may be the real reason Hinckley is forming the new party.

Although he had tried to make a living as a singer-songwriter for the past 18 months and was released in June from judicial supervision imposed after the 1981 attack, getting his career off the ground was a struggle.

For example, a concert scheduled for July 8 in Brooklyn, New York, was canceled due to backlash.

Some of Hinckley’s 52,000 Twitter followers expressed support for his new venture. But many were skeptical, for obvious reasons.

A few have raised concerns about a strange symbol displayed behind Hinckley in a photo accompanying his announcement.

Others felt compelled to make subtle puns referencing his past.

One person wondered who else might support the party.

Hinckley wounded Reagan after opening fire on the president outside a Washington hotel, while partially crippling then-press secretary James Brady and injuring two other men.

He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and spent most of his incarceration in a Washington mental hospital.

You can hear his latest song below.


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