Democrats emerged victorious in the Congressional Baseball Game for charity which was held on Thursday at Nationals Park in Washington D.C., but in a gesture of solidarity and goodwill, they decided to give the winning trophy to injured GOP Congressman Steve Scalise.
House Majority Whip Scalise, along with two congressional aides and two Capitol police officers, were injured in a shooting on Wednesday morning while GOP lawmakers practiced for the annual baseball game.
Scalise has been hospitalized and is said to be in critical condition. He has undergone surgeries for his hip injury, but doctors say he will need to undergo more procedures since the gunshot wound injured some internal organs.
Following the shooting, Republicans and Democrats came together in a show of solidarity and unity. They decided to still hold the annual baseball game yesterday, and although Democrats won 11-2, they decided to give the trophy to Scalise.
House Speaker Paul Ryan noted that Republican and Democratic lawmakers came together to “break bread” after the tragic shooting. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also spoke of the renewed unity of the lawmakers, stating that all the Congressional Baseball Game players “were on team Scalise tonight.”
The Hill reports that the trophy will be kept in Scalise’s office while he recovers.
Scalise’s condition has reportedly improved in the last 24 hours, according to the hospital where he is being treated.
Photo: Members of the Republican and Democratic congressional baseball teams hug one another after the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park on June 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. U.S. House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) is in critical condition following a shooting yesterday during a Republican congressional baseball team practice.
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Publication date: June 16, 2017
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.