Protesters blew whistles as President Donald Trump spoke about Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) at a packed rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Wednesday evening. A chagrined Trump paused and looked back over his right shoulder at the protesters who were out of camera range. Trump smiled and shook his head as the protesters were removed, saying, “Never fails. Never fails.”
Protesters blowing whistles interrupt President Trump, as he was sending thoughts and prayers to Rep. Steve Scalise https://t.co/8XkWdaEh3N
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 22, 2017
“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.)
President Trump Disrupted by Protesters Just As He Praises Rep. Steve Scalise https://t.co/GBGOxpMZFU (VIDEO) pic.twitter.com/NGseeXbQcL
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) June 22, 2017
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The shooter in the June 14 the attack on GOP congressmen holding a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia was a liberal anti-Trump, anti-GOP, Bernie Sanders activist named James T. Hodgkinson who was shot dead by police.
In addition to Scalise, those shot were Matt Mika, the director of government relations for the Washington office of Tyson Foods and a former congressional staff member who was shot twice in the chest; Zachary Barth, a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX), who was hit in the leg by a bullet and was treated and released; two Capitol Police officers who were part of Scalise’s security detail were wounded in the attack: Officer Crystal Griner was shot in the ankle, Officer David Bailey sustained minor injuries and was also treated and released.
Scalise and Mika are still hospitalized. The others wounded have been released.
Officer Griner made an appearance Wednesday night at the Congressional Women’s softball game between Congress and the media.
Women of Congress & Washington press corps are about to face off in the annual Congressional Women's Softball Game! @CWSoftballGame #cwsg pic.twitter.com/H6IPLxHucR
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) June 21, 2017
Crystal Greiner out of hospital tonight and getting much deserved heroes welcome @ Congressional Softball game @CapitolPolice pic.twitter.com/kuuGbMs1Wk
— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) June 21, 2017
Capitol Police Ofc. Crystal Griner is here to throw the first pitch at the Congressional Women's Softball Game! (@wusa9) pic.twitter.com/xQkWcVSfIi
— John Henry (@JohnHenryWUSA) June 21, 2017
Officer Griner threw out the first pitch from her wheelchair.