Protesters blew whistles as President Donald Trump started talking about Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) at a packed rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Wednesday evening.
“I’d also like to take this moment to send our thoughts and prayers to our courageous friend, somebody that I’ve gotten to know very well, Steve Scalise, and everyone recovering from the assault…(loud whistles blow)…Never fails. Never fails.” (Scalise was reported Wednesday to be upgraded to fair condition and beginning rehab.)
The crowd booed the protestors in response.
“Never fails,” Trump reacted.
As the protestors were being escorted out, the crowd began chanting “USA! USA!”
“And we love our police!” he exclaimed, causing the crowd to cheer.
Trump continued with his remarks about Scalise, saying, “We’re praying for you, we’re pulling for you, you have our absolute support and our deepest admiration.”
President Trump also expressed gratitude to the Capitol police officers who saved many lives at that Congressional Baseball practice shooting.
The unhinged left have become ANIMALS in their hatred against Trump and the Republican Party!
James T. Hodgkinson, the left-wing Bernie Sanders terrorist who opened fire on a group of Republican congressmen and staffers, reportedly has an assassination list of Republican politicians he intended to kill. The list of names included Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan and Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, TheDC has confirmed.
The list was written out on notepad paper and found in the shooter’s pocket, according to multiple sources with intimate knowledge of the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the investigation. The list of names included Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan and Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, TheDC has confirmed.
The FBI has contacted at least one of the three congressmen to inform them of their inclusion on the list.
None of the three offices would offer comments on the record when asked about the names on the list. Brooks and Franks’ office further directed all inquiries to the Capitol police, who declined to comment. The FBI’s Washington field office, which is handling the investigation, also provided no comment, citing the ongoing investigation.
All three representatives are members of the House Freedom Caucus, which contains the lower chamber’s most conservative members. Both Duncan and Brooks attended Wednesday’s baseball practice.
Shooter James Hodgkinson moved to Alexandria from Illinois in April, the same month New York Times wrote article giving minute details about the Congressional Baseball Game, the time, location, the capitol police inside their black SUVs and what they would be wearing.
Before firing his rifle, James Hodgkinson asked lawmakers, “Are those Republicans or Democrats?” , gunning down Rep. Steve Scalise and his security detail.
“When members of Congress practice in the early mornings in an Alexandrea, Va., public park for their Congressional Baseball Game, plainclothes United States Capital Police are sitting there in a blac S.U.V.”
Rand Paul said it would have been a massacre if not for capitol police who responded bravely when the shooter was doing his rampage.
Donald Trump called time on his birthday plans Wednesday evening when he went to MedStar Washington Hospital Center to visit Congressman Steve Scalise.
The House Majority Whip was critically injured that morning while playing baseball with his GOP colleagues when a deranged gunman opened fire on the group.
That wasn’t the only disruption to Trump’s 71st birthday celebrations.
Shortly before the visit, it emerged that the Russia probe headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller had now widened to include the president, who is now under investigation for obstruction of Justice.
Trump had spent the early part of the evening with kids Eric, Donald Jr and Ivanka, as well as their respective spouses and childen.
All had photos of themselves at the White House on Instagram – though without Trump himself present in the images.
But as darkness fell the president and wife Melania got into a motorcade and took off for MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington.
That’s where Scalise had been taken that morning, after being hit in the hip by a rifle round fired by disgruntled Trump-hater James T Hodgkinson.
Hodgkinson, 66, of Illinois, had also managed to injure a Congress staffer and two police officers before being shot dead. All three of the injured parties are expected to make full recoveries.
Read more: President cancels birthday plans to pay surprise visit with Melania to Rep. Scalise’s bedside after he was shot by Trump-hating gunman and reveals ‘he’s in tough shape’ and needs more surgery
Earlier in the evening Trump and his kids and grandkids had enjoyed a family gathering. As they celebrated, however, it emerged that Trump was being investigated in the Russia probe
SEN. STEVE SCALISE STILL IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER SHOT BY TRUMP HATER JAMES HODGKINSON AT BASEBALL PRACTICE
( Daily Mail ) House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was in a critical condition in hospital on Wednesday afternoon after he was shot by a Trump-hating gunman who opened fire on Republican congressional baseball practice.
The Louisiana congressman was shot in the hip as he stood on second base at the field in Alexandria, Virginia at 7am on Wednesday. His staff initially described his condition as ‘stable’ but the Medstar Hospital in Washington DC later said that Scalise was in critical condition after having surgery.
He was among five injured when James T. Hodgkinson, 66, opened fire on the Republicans with an assault rifle from the third base dugout at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, as the group practiced batting at around 7.00am.
Ohio Rep. Brad Wenstrup, who tended to Scalise on the scene immediately after the incident, told CNN he was concerned that he was unable to locate an exit wound for the bullet that he said hit the lawmaker in the hip.
He said he posited that the bullet might have impacted on the hip bone, but raised a concern that the bullet could have ricocheted. In that case, it could have caused internal bleeding or impacted internal organs.
Wenstrup is a podiatrist who served in Iraq. The lack of a clear path for the bullet through Scalise’s leg could explain why he remained in critical condition following surgery. Wenstrup raised concerns about fluid loss in the case of Scalise.
Lawmakers who witnessed the incident described a period of time running several minutes where Scalise lay bleeding but was unable to get medical attention because of the active shooter situation. He indicated he was able to get control of the external wound, but wasn’t aware of whether there were internal injuries or internal blood loss. Rep. Mo Brooks described working with Wenstrup to use a belt to make a tourniquet to stop blood loss.
Shooter James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill: Hates Donald Trump, the Republican Party and ardent supporter of Bernie Sanders.
According to The Washington Post, Hodgkinson campaigned for Bernie Sanders in Iowa during the last Presidential election.
According to Heavy, Hodgkinson’s profile also contains a post in which he states, “Trump is a traitor. Trump has destroyed our democracy. It’s time to destroy Trump & Co.”
The left loves to ‘study’ everything, why not study the disease of left-wing violence.
The shooter at the GOP congressional baseball practice this morning is James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., according to law enforcement officials. Hodgkinson, 66, owns a home inspection business. His home inspection license expired in November 2016 and was not renewed, state records show.
Hodgkinson was charged in April 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle, according to online records in St. Clair County, Illinois. The charges were dismissed, records show.
While police have refused to confirm whether the attack was politically motivated, Hodgkinson’s Facebook page seems to indicate he was a Bernie fan and didn’t particularly care for Donald Trump.
“I want to say Mr. President, for being an ass hole you are Truly the Biggest Ass Hole We Have Ever Had in the Oval Office.”
Before the shooting, Rep. Ron DeSantis was leaving when he was asked by a man in parking area, “Are those Republicans or Democrats out there practicing?”
DeSantis said the man who asked him the question fit the description of the shooter.
Rand Paul: Had the Capitol Police not been there it would have been a massacre.