Rep. Steve Scalise urged his congressional Democratic colleagues to tone-down their outrageous calls for violence Thursday; warning the protests and confrontations with GOP politicians across the country pose a “direct threat” to American democracy.
Scalise -who was critically injured when a lone gunman opened fire during a congressional baseball practice- called-out Rep. Maxine Waters and former Attorney General Eric Holder for inciting “anger, harassment, and violence.”
“Despite the continued reports of politically motivated threats or violence, Democratic Party leaders have worked to keep this anger burning and incite even more harassment and violence,” writes Scalise.
“Beginning with my own near-death experience at the hands of a deranged shooter who sought to assassinate a baseball field of Republicans, there is a growing list of violent or threatening actions taken against conservatives by Democrats,” he adds.
“If this is going to stop, it must start with Democratic leaders, who need to condemn, rather than promote these dangerous calls to action,” Scalise says.
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WATCH: Steve Scalise TAKES THE FIELD for the First Time Since 2017 Shooting
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to the baseball diamond Wednesday for the first time since the 2017 shooting in northern Virginia that nearly took his life.
The Republican congressman tweeted a video of himself tossing the baseball with his colleagues, saying “It was great to be on the ball field this morning. Can’t wait for @TheHillBaseball on June 14th!”
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 6, 2018
The GOP representative continues to recover from the incident that took place last June when he was shot in the hip after a madman opened fire on a Congressional baseball practice session outside the capital.
The Capitol Police were operating as the lawmakers’ security detail that day, and were able to take down the gunman within seconds.
WELCOME BACK: Steve Scalise Returns to Congress After Assassination Attempt
Scalise’s office released an official statement on his return, saying the congressman is “returning to work at the United States Capitol,” adding that the Louisiana Representative still faces “an extended period of out-patient rehabilitation over the coming months.”
Scalise and others were severely injured on June 14th when a lone gunman, later identified as James Hodgkinson, opened-fire on a Congressional baseball practice in northern Virginia. The Majority Whip was shot in his left hip, and was in critical condition for days following the mass assassination attempt.