The Democratic and Republican congressional baseball teams proceeded with their annual game to benefit charity Thursday night under the lights at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., only 36 hours after a shooter unleashed gunfire at a GOP team practice.
Honorable mention: The Democrats won Thursday's game handily, clocking in 11 runs, to the Republicans' two. As I sat in the dugout, I was horrified as I thought about Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the heroic Capitol Police officers, and the young former and current Capitol Hill staffers who were injured.
The annual competition raised a record $1.5 million for charity, triple the usual proceeds.
Ivanka Trump, joined by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and her two eldest children Arabella and Joseph Kushner, presented a $50,000 check from "Friends in the Trump Administration" to "Congressional Sports for Charity" at the game.
The game raised about $500,000 for charity a year ago, according to spokeswoman Meredith Raimondi.
"And throughout the whole game, we will all be team Scalise and that will be a very, that camaraderie I think will be very positive as we go forward", Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the democratic Minority Leader, said.
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"By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence or assaults on our democracy", he told the crowd.
Bailey received a hero's welcome from a record crowd of almost 25,000 at Thursday's game when he threw out the first pitch, and Barth also showed up for the game, walking with crutches.
The Washington Nationals released additional seating in at the stadium to accommodate the demand.
"I know that he would want the game to be played", said Richmond.
Hospital officials said it is hard to predict how long the congressman will be in the hospital, but that he is expected to be able to walk and hopefully run after a period of rehabilitation. "It's a long road for him".
The president, whose administration has been dogged by allegations of ties between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, later wrote two tweets suggesting that Democrat Hillary Clinton, whom he defeated in last November's election, should be under investigation instead of him.
The running tally of results has Republicans and Democrats both at 39 wins, 39 losses and one tie.