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!”
— Rep. 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.
NOT FUNNY: Senior Obama Aide JOKES About MURDER of GOP Leadership
A senior Obama aide came under fire from both sides of the political aisle on Thursday, following a cruel “joke” on social media where he sarcastically hoped for the deaths of President Trump, Vice President Pence, Mitch McConnell, and Paul Ryan.
Obama’s advisor Ben Rhodes posted the insensitive remark shortly after the Republican leadership posed for a photograph in the Oval Office following the passage of the GOP-sponsored tax cuts.
Dan Pfeiffer, another top Obama aide commented on the photo, writing “I hope this is the photo they use on the front page of the Times on the day Trump is indicted.”
I hope this is the photo they use on the front page of the Times on the day Trump is indicted pic.twitter.com/mifuyBk6YY
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) December 21, 2017
Rhodes commented back, posting “And alongside the obits for Ryan, McConnell, and Pence.”
And alongside the obits for Ryan, McConnell, and Pence https://t.co/fOrm1JZwpu
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) December 21, 2017
Users on twitter were quick to call-out the disgusting comments, with one person saying, “Hoping people die? Tolerant progressive liberal I see.”
GOP Rep. Steve Scalise –critically injured during an assassination attempt at a Republican baseball game- weighed-in on the incendiary language, saying Rhodes “may want to reconsider” his choice of words.
You may want to reconsider your rhetoric. https://t.co/VQVWej6n00
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) December 21, 2017