US Lawmaker Steve Scalise Showing Improvement After Baseball Field Shooting

A ballgame of unity, spirit, friendly rivalry, won by Dems

President Trump is not planning to attend the game due to security concerns, the White House said on Wednesday. This is what he had to say.

We are especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country, as well as from President Trump, Vice President Pence, and all of Steve's colleagues who have reached out to us during this most challenging time. He's a great fighter, and he's going to be OK we hope.

Doctors say House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES') has a good possibility of recovery after he was at "imminent risk of death" from a gunshot wound to the hip two days ago. Republicans met this morning for what was described to me as a family meeting, just a chance to get together and talk about him.

One of the Capitol Police officers, David Bailey, who was hailed as a hero for the way he helped to subdue the gunman, appeared on crutches.

SHAPIRO: Have there been any further discussions today about immediate security changes on Capitol Hill or for lawmakers? They released photos of guns similar to the handgun and rifle that were used in the attack, which officials have said were purchased legally. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was seen hugging Trump-appointed Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.

"They saved the lives of our Members of Congress and prevented that dark day from becoming a tragedy beyond imagination".

"The challenge now is to see if we can confine it so it does not spill into hatred".

The old rule "there is no crying in baseball" was not in effect Thursday night in Washington at the annual Congressional Baseball Game.

The annual event has raised millions of dollars in recent years. Proceeds for the game benefit a number of local charities.

"I think anybody that ever played baseball, the dream was to play in a major league stadium", Richmond said a year ago.

Richmond said he assumes he will be Thursday night's starting pitcher for the Democrats, and the former college baseball player is likely to make Democrats the favorite tonight. And then it's one of those things that has really built long-lasting, personal friendships across the aisle. "It's cool that they're putting it on even after the shooting".

"To Matt's family, anything you need we are here for you".

"By playing tonight you will show the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence or assaults on our democracy", he said.

From the stands, Vince Wetzel, a resident of Sacramento, California, who is visiting Washington and made a decision to take in the game, said, "It's just a good call to put aside political differences and just play some baseball". Who is expected to win? "It'll be a different game without him there. but I know he would want the game to be played".

Republicans and Democrats are tied.

According to the Associated Press (via Sports Illustrated), the Democrats won the game 11-2 in front of the event's biggest crowd since it began in 1909.

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