Republicans, Democrats Play Ball for 'Team Scalise'

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Republicans, Democrats Play Ball for 'Team Scalise'

As Scalise recovered from the second surgery, thousands turned out for the annual Congressional charity baseball game Thursday evening for an emotional tribute to the victims and heroes of Wednesday's shooting.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File).

Scalise was well liked during his time in the Legislature, and some of his colleagues from those days are still in the statehouse.

The motive for the shooting remained unclear but authorities were zeroing in on the life of James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old man from IL, in the months and weeks before Wednesday morning's shooting.

So Young Pak, director of media relations at MedStar Washington Hospital Center where Scalise is being treated, gave no additional details about his condition.

For now, Scalise remains in critical condition in the hospital's intensive care unit. Some people carried with them Scalise signs to support the injured congressman.

"The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding".

Democrat Cedric Richmond, a fellow Louisiana congressman, said as many others did that Scalise is a fighter.

"Speaker (Paul) Ryan did himself credit when he said 'an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us, '" Larson said.

The game at Nationals Park carried on a century-old bipartisan ritual, this one tinged with worry about Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and the players' determination to answer the attack by coming together in sport.

President Donald Trump, who visited Scalise in the hospital on Wednesday, sent a video message that played at the start of the game.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said before an event on apprenticeships at the White House. He's been sedated since then, the doctor added, "but we've been able to turn that sedation down enough for him to respond to his family members, and he clearly knows that they're there and appreciates their presence".

Other lawmakers spoke out about threats they had received as they left a law enforcement briefing with officials in Washington D.C. on Thursday. But at a news conference, Pelosi bristled at comments made by a few Republicans and conservative activists who blamed heated Democratic rhetoric for the incident.

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.

Several people were injured, including Rep. Scalise. He's been undergoing repeat surgeries.

Members of the US Congress took part in the traditional Republicans vs Democrats baseball game on Thursday, with many wearing hats to honour Steve Scalise, the congressman who was critically wounded by a gunman as his team practised a day before.

It is a rare and genuine opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to put their divisions aside and show those gathered in the stadium and watching across the U.S., that they are not just politicians - they are people and players.

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