스티브 스 칼리스, 5 years after baseball shooting, thanks God and 'heroes' for saving his life

Scalise hopped on the phone with Fox News Digital for an exclusive interview five years after he and several other GOP lawmakers were nearly assassinated by a leftist gunman during a team practice ahead of the annual Congressional Baseball Game.

James T. Hodgkinson, a far-left former volunteer on Sen. Bernie Sanders’, I-Vt., 대통령 선거, opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers in June 2017 as they practiced for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. Scalise was shot and critically injured during the attack, requiring surgeries to save his life.

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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise was wounded in a 2017 shooting that targeted Republican members of Congress.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise was wounded in a 2017 shooting that targeted Republican members of Congress. (Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, 게티 이미지를 통해 Inc)

The number two House Republican said he wasfeeling greatfive years after he was shot by the gunman as well as thankful for the “영웅” that saved his life on the field that fateful June day.

Lucky to be alive, but also just appreciative of the heroes that were on the ballfield that day,” Scalise said 화요일에. “The Capitol Police, 버지니아 경찰, who saved all of us, and for God.

God just performed miracles that day on the ballfield, 너무,” the Republican whip continued. “So not a day that goes by where I don’t thank God for allowing me to still be here doing the things I love.

Scalise said that, while he doesn’t have the “속도” that he had before the shooting, he would behappy to drop a micon a single this year if he can get one.

But I still get out there. I still get to field the ball at second base, and I’m definitely more mobile than I was,” Scalise said, adding that he isworking every dayand doingphysical therapy once a week to keep getting better.

Former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney fist bumps House Minority Whip Steve Scalise during the first inning of the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park, 씨족. 29, 2021, 워싱턴.

Former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney fist bumps House Minority Whip Steve Scalise during the first inning of the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park, 씨족. 29, 2021, 워싱턴. (AP 사진 / Alex Brandon)

It’s just fun to be out there on the ballfield playing with your friends,” Scalise added.

The Louisiana Republican said that five years after his attempted assassination, American politics still has atoxic atmosphereand pointed to the alleged attempted assassination on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh 지난주.

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Scalise saidthere are still, 운수 나쁘게, evil people out there that want to take their differences that they have with people’s political views and turn it into violencewhile declaring there isno place for that in societyand adding, “We all ought to be vocal against political violence any time we see it.

Scalise called it ashame to see the silencecoming from President Biden in the wake of the attempted Kavanaugh assassination and that he wasvery disappointedwith the Justice Department for not taking action against protesters who are violating federal law by demonstrating in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices.

It’s just not something that anybody should sit on the sidelines and condone,” Scalise said. The whip also blasted Rep. 알렉산드리아 오 카시오 코르테즈, D-N.Y., for bragging about stalling the Supreme Court Police Parity Act, which passed the Senate in a very rare unanimous vote.

이 2012 file photo shows James Hodgkinson protesting outside the U.S. Post Office in Belleville, 일리노이. Hodgkinson attempted a mass assassination of Republican members of Congress in 2017.

이 2012 file photo shows James Hodgkinson protesting outside the U.S. Post Office in Belleville, 일리노이. Hodgkinson attempted a mass assassination of Republican members of Congress in 2017. (게티 이미지)

The Supreme Court Police Parity Act would give the justices and their families protective details similar to the Secret Service but has stalled in the House as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D- 칼리프., refuses to bring it up for a vote a month after clearing the Senate.

Pelosi’s stall comes from negotiations where the speaker is attempting to get police protection for other Supreme Court employees, such as clerks. This means that the amendment, if added, would guarantee police protection for the clerk that leaked the draft decision that would overturn Roe v. 걸어 건너기.

It’s just bizarre that on the heels of an actual man arrested trying to kill a Supreme Court justice, somebody would be playing games with the security and safety of the families of Supreme Court justices,” Scalise said.

“내말은, it shouldn’t matter, Republican or Democrat, whichever president appointed them, there’s only nine justices,” 그는 계속했다. “They are representative of the third branch of government, and they should stop playing these political games and should stop encouraging people to go in and threaten and intimidate and bully them at their homes.

Scalise said it islong past timefor Attorney General Merrick Garland to “대답” for not enforcing the federal law banning protesters from gathering outside judges’ and justices’ homes, but said it wastoo soonto consider impeaching the attorney general.

The House minority whip said the GOP’s focusneeds to beflipping the lower chamber in the 2022 중간 선거, noting the conservative party isvery focusedon the races around the country that many are saying heavily favor Republicans.

We have great candidates all around the country and we’re going to be rolling out a very bold conservative agenda this summer called The Commitment to America,” Scalise said, comparing it to the successful GOPContract with America.

현재, the House version of the Supreme Court Police Parity Act, 대표가 이끄는. 대럴 이사, R- 칼리프., is waiting to be brought up for a vote, which Scalise said he would like to seetoday.

And I’ll tell you, as the Republican whip, if that bill was put on the floor today, it would pass overwhelmingly with, I would predict, with more than a two-thirds vote,” Scalise said.

And so it begs the question, what are they waiting for? Why are they delaying this bill for over a month?” 그는 물었다.

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