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The 5 Best Moments from Thursday's Congressional Baseball Game

17 June 2017

Yesterday morning, police say, Hodgkinson fired dozens of bullets at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., wounding five, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.

Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., is good at baseball in addition to being a good friend of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and the Democrats take the congressional baseball game, 11-2.

Trump called for unity in remarks at the White House on Wednesday, but Sanford and other Republican lawmakers also pointed to the president's own harsh rhetoric.

On Thursday night Scalise was honored at the annual congressional baseball game at Nationals Stadium, where a record crowd showed up.

Because Scalise is a member of House leadership, Capitol Police were present at the field.

Trump, after visiting the Louisiana Republican at the hospital, on Wednesday said Scalise was "in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter".

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The Louisiana Republican was shot in the hip Wednesday morning in the baseball practice shooting by an IL man with grudges against President Donald Trump and the GOP.

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.

Vice President Mike Pence paid a visit Thursday morning to Scalise, his former colleague when he served in the House. "I'm not just talking about the general, 'I hope you die, ' 'I hope you get cancer.' We're all getting those, too, but some of those are more threatening, and you have to take those seriously".

After the shooting, Republicans at the practice returned to the U.S. Capitol clad in practice uniforms and described a chaotic scene dodging a hail of bullets.

Dr. Jack Sava, trauma director at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, said Friday that several operations have controlled the bleeding and Scalise's vital signs have stabilized.

Zack Barth, an aide to Texas Rep. Roger Williams, was also shot but was treated and released from a hospital.

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Ray Page had known James Hodgkinson for more than 30 years. He was supposed to play with his teammates in Thursday night's game against Democratic members of Congress, but lawmakers said the game will go on. According to the medical staff, Scalise arrived in critical condition with a "imminent risk of death".

Thursday's game starts at 7 Nationals Park and will benefit several charities.

CBN News has confirmed the Federal Bureau of Investigation recovered a "hit list" with several names of Republican congressmen on the body of 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, the Alexandria shooter. That's why, on both fronts, Trump's call for "unity" in the wake of a horrific attack on members of Congress was immediately flattened by Trump himself.

"This is our chance to remind everyone in this country that we're Americans.", Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., told the Chicago Tribune. The man calmly asked which party's lawmakers were practicing and Duncan told him they were the Republicans. It's a sentiment lawmakers frequently express after mass shootings or terrorist attacks, only to see their sharp oratorical elbows gradually return. Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector, had been living out of his van near the park. While the top lawmakers, including Scalise, have security details, others do not and they regularly appear in public without protection.

A voicemail message directed to Arizona Rep. Martha McSally last month warned "our sights are set on you, right between your ... eyes".

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