US lawmakers returned to regular business on Thursday and prepared to play their annual charity baseball game, one day after a man who had expressed anger toward President Donald Trump opened fire on Republican legislators, leaving a senior congressman in critical condition. Lawmakers, including many of those who were at the practice, praised the decision. On Thursday, he underwent more surgery.
Richmond compared Scalise to a "little Chihuahua" because he is "very persistent and strong", adding that he would miss the Republican's banter at the game.
\The #democrats emerged victorious, 11-2, but handed the Congressional baseball trophy to the Republicans, for it to be displayed in Scalise's office until he recovers from bullet wounds he sustained one day before.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains critical but improving after the Virginia baseball field ambush. He said he hoped the game would help heal emotional wounds.
"I think that his risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in. he was as critical as you can be when he came in".
The president says that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".
Players from both Democrat and Republican teams observe a moment of silence at second base before the Congressional Baseball Game on Thursday.
A congressional aide, a lobbyist and one police officer were also shot before police killed the gunman.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the attack, which has raised questions about lawmakers' security, renewed the nation's contentious debate over guns and drawn fresh attention to the harsh rhetoric that reflects the deep political divisions in America.
"On behalf of Steve and our children, I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes we have received since Wednesday's events", Scalise wrote.
Rep. Richard Hudson told BuzzFeed News that, "we've seen a lot of good come out of this".
President Donald Trump did not attend but in a video address shown on the stadium's giant screen praised the friendly nature of the annual charity event.
The game, played for charity, dates back to 1909 (that year, the Democrats won 26-16).
Democrat and Republican lawmakers will meet tonight in a rare bipartisan exercise, even though they are literally playing hardball.