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18 Junio 2017, 02:58 | Crisanna Felipe
Democrats More Worried About ‘Unity’ Than Doing the Right Thing
By Sydney Robinson
Congressional Democrats beat their Republican counterparts in Washington's annual charity baseball game, an event marked by the shooting of Rep. They went head to head at Nationals Park, all for charity. "I think it's well worth it".
Steve Scalise, the third-ranking House Republican shot Wednesday on a Virginia baseball field outside Washington, remains in critical condition but has a chance for an "excellent recovery", the chief trauma doctor at a Washington hospital said Friday.
"Congressman Steve Scalise is in serious condition", the statement from MedStar Washington Hospital said.
President Donald Trump says GOP Congressman Steve Scalise "took a bullet for all of us".
For the game, which began in 1909, members of the Senate and House of Representatives donned uniforms representing teams from their constituencies, and many topped them with hats from Louisiana State University, Scalise's alma mater, as a tribute.
Mr. Trump could not attend because there wasn't enough time for the Secret Service to organize security, according to the White House, but his daughter Ivanka Trump was in attendance, as were some members of the Trump administration.
Players from both Democrat and Republican teams observe a moment of silence at second base before the Congressional Baseball Game on Thursday. The crowd chanted "USA!"
"Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism of Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who saved the lives of everyone at the baseball field that morning, including Steve's", Scalise's wife, Jennifer, said in the statement.
The vicious and horrific attack we saw Wednesday in Alexandria at the Republican team's practice was nothing short of a direct assault on the institution we all serve and a deranged attempt to disrupt our democracy through violence.
It's a visible reminder of the attack that's bridged political parties, even as the game goes on.
Hodgkinson, who had a history of posting angry messages against Trump and other Republicans on social media, died after being wounded by police.
Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, who was at the baseball practice when the shooting happened, said one of the lessons lawmakers learned from the shooting of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011 was to consult closely with local law enforcement.
Emma Dumain is The Post and Courier's Washington correspondent.
Investigators said in a statement that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has searched the van, which was parked not far from the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field where Wednesday's shooting took place. Organizers said Thursday that they had already raised over $1 million for charity and sold more than 20,000 tickets.
Nonetheless, Sava said, "We fully expect him to be able to walk" and "hopefully run".
"Scalise continues to show signs of improvement".
"A lot of people in Washington want to make things better", said the former Republican National Committee staffer who now works for a telecom trade association in Arlington, as he ate a sausage and sipped a beer.
As Scalise struggles to recover, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi conducted their first joint interview during Thursday's Congressional Baseball Game.
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The FBI recovered a cellphone, computer and camera from Hodgkinson's van and was examining them for evidence, the statement said. What a great job they did, and we thank all of the members of the Alexandria fire, police, and rescue.
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