A familiar pattern on Capitol Hill repeated itself Thursday: A shocking, tragic incident occurs. Lawmakers gather together and pray. Then suddenly it’s raw, partisan business as usual.
And so it was, the morning after a gunman opened fire on members of the congressional Republican baseball team as they practiced on an Alexandria, Va., field on Wednesday. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., remained in critical condition. Four others were wounded.
Even as Capitol Hill sought to portray a unified front and lawmakers from both parties lamented the poisonous political atmosphere in which Wednesday’s incident occurred, the White House, Democrats, Republicans and their surrogates were back at work firing tough rhetoric at one another.
“Crooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, ‘bleached’ emails, & had husband meet w/AG days before she was cleared- & they talk about obstruction?” President Donald Trump tweeted late Thursday afternoon.
“You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American…
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