President Trump is not planning to attend the game because of security concerns, the White House said Wednesday.
“Steve, in his own way, may have brought some unity to our long-divided country”, President Trump said in the Roosevelt Room.
“They saved a lot of lives”, the president said. He added that Scalise would be in the hospital “for some time” and would need “a period of healing and rehabilitation” after being discharged.
Before the event, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters, “Tonight we will go to the game, play our hardest, but we will all be Team Scalise”.
Scalise and four others were shot Wednesday morning during a Republican practice for the annual congressional baseball game. According to the hospital, he sustained a single shot to his left hip, with the bullet traveling across his pelvis causing bone fractures, internal organ injury and severe bleeding. The fact that his injuries had placed him close to death was not widely known initially.
Before James Hodgkinson left his home in Belleville, Ill., in March, he sold almost everything he owned from his businesses. Over social media he had lashed out at Trump and the GOP.
Scalise returned to surgery Thursday morning. They signed oversized cards for the wounded. Convinced that Trump and his Republican allies are largely to blame for the nation’s acrimonious political discourse, many bridle over any suggestion to the contrary. Both had appeared on the House floor earlier. Clyburn charged that Trump “is allowed to hide behind political correctness to say all kinds of things about people, and I’m a little bit sick and exhausted of people saying anything they want to say about anyone they want to say it about”.
Once a relatively cozy affair, played at a minor league ballpark in Maryland, the game has gone big time in recent years and has been played at Nationals Park, just a few blocks from the Capitol. She accused Republicans of “sanctimony” for suggesting Democrats are the ones to blame.
The House of Representatives’ No. 3 Republican leader was in grave condition when he was first shot.
Scalise was among five people wounded when a shooter sprayed rifle fire at congressional Republicans practicing on a diamond in Alexandria.
The FBI said yesterday that it believed Hodgkinson was living out of his van in Alexandria. The attacker, who was shot by Scalise’s security detail and later died, was an IL man whose social media postings showed anger at Trump and the Republicans. But Slater said authorities were still working to determine a motive and had “no indication” Hodgkinson knew about the ball practice ahead of time.
Texas Rep. Mike Conaway described what sounded like an explosion, then lawmakers scattering off the field as police roamed in search of the gunman and engaged him.
“I think anybody that ever played baseball, the dream was to play in a major league stadium”, Richmond said a year ago.
Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC said he had just left the practice and encountered the apparent gunman in the parking lot before the shooting. Republicans have won 39, and they tied once.