Trump: ‘Let’s Not Blame Democrats for Baseball Shooting’

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President Donald Trump in a somber address to the nation called upon Americans to come together after Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the third-ranking member in the House of Representatives, was shot by an anti-Republican man on Wednesday at a baseball park in Alexandria, Va. Several others, including congressional aides, were also shot. Scalise, who was shot by James Hodgkinson of Illinois, remains in critical condition.

“I know there will be a temptation for Republicans to blame Democrats for helping to fuel a partisan atmosphere that might give rise to violence of this kind, but the time to stop the divisive rhetoric that has so long plagued our politics is now,” Trump said. “I know I have contributed to this environment. For that I express my regret. And I’m pledging to the American people today that I will do my part to bring our country and our politics together so that we can work as one to help all Americans. I call upon my colleagues in the Congress to do the same.”

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Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle praised the President’s remarks as much-needed balm for a nation on edge.

“It was the kind of speech we needed to bring us together,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Senate Majority Leader.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called the President’s speech the start of a new era of cooperation. “President Trump has made all of us realize, I think, that the time to work together is now. To start this process of healing, I am asking lawmakers of my own party to reopen our legislative process for replacing Obamacare so that we can start from scratch in cooperation with our Democratic colleagues to make Obamacare better and not just repeal and replace it.”

In other news, global warming has reversed, North Korea has announced it will hold democratic elections for the first time, Russia admitted it hacked the 2016 presidential election, the Taliban is laying down its arms in Afghanistan, and the French government will no longer work to prevent the French language from absorbing outside influences.

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