'We Will Not Be Intimidated' - Donald Trump Addresses Congressional Baseball Game
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 3:42
He concluded with a tribute to the game of baseball.
"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stood side by side to shout: "Let's play ball!" and the crowd chanted "U-S-A!
Congressional Democrats beat their Republican counterparts in Washington's annual charity baseball game, an event marked by the shooting of Rep.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). Hodgkinson wounded House GOP Whip Steve Scalise and several others. Scalise was shot Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, .
In most cases, the practice isn't attended by Capitol Police, but because Scalise is in a position of leadership, he's one of nine members of Congress with a security detail and the only one of the nine who was on the baseball field Wednesday.
On that day, a man later identified as the attacker approached Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC in the parking lot of the Alexandria, Virginia, ballfield, asking him, "Excuse me, sir, who's practicing today, Democrats or Republicans?" as Duncan recalls the encounter.
Sava said infection remains a risk. Scalise remains in critical condition but his vital signs have stabilized and doctors have lifted sedation enough for him to respond to family members.
Scalise remained listed in critical condition Thursday night after multiple surgeries, though word came from the hospital during the game that he had improved. He says Scalise is "in some trouble".
"The congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time".
Our system of governance, and its worthy servants like Scalise and the other victims of Wednesday's shooting, will endure not only political turmoil but also the misguided violence that sprouts up along the fringes of our government, often driven more by mental illness than organized political philosophy. "But during the game, we're going to play to win, and I know Joe's team is going to do the same thing", Doyle said on Wednesday.
Trump said Thursday morning that Scalise's condition is "much more hard than people even thought at the time".
Williams, who is the team's coach and injured his leg and ankle diving to safety in the dugout, told reporters that even though Barth was bleeding, he continued texting from the dugout, letting people know they needed help.
Trump's comments came at the beginning of his speech in Miami Friday announcing a partial rollback of ties to Cuba - reversing changes made by President Barack Obama's administration.
Speaking on the House floor, Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., issued a call to "replace the hateful rhetoric and resistance with respect".
Medstar Washington Hospital Center released the update on behalf of the Scalise family.
Hodgkinson had an assault rifle and a lot of ammunition and police said the shooting may have been motivated by Hodgkinson's hatred for President Donald Trump and the GOP.
Scalise sustained serious injuries as the bullet traveled through his pelvis and injured internal organs. He's been undergoing repeat surgeries.