Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., claimed in a statement that she’d flipped off the Republican dugout on Thursday at the Congressional Baseball Game because she’d heard a sexist remark as she returned to her dugout.
“The Congressional Baseball Game is one of my favorite events of the year. It’s a great cause and brings both sides of the aisle together for a night off from partisan politics,” the statement read. “That is why it really struck a nerve when I heard an offensive and misogynistic comment from the Republican side on my way back to the dugout,” reported Fox News.
However, Corey Inganamort, the mascot coordinator for the Washington Nationals, claimed that he was there and that Sanchez is lying.
“I was in the dugout with the Republicans last night. She is lying,” Inganamort wrote on Twitter. “Nothing offensive or misogynistic was said by anybody. In fact, everybody was shocked by what [Sanchez] did.”
Republicans went on to beat the Democrats 10-0 at the 87th annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity.
Sanchez’s actions come only five years after a domestic terrorist attempted to assassinate Republican lawmakers at one of the practices leading up to the game. The individual shot five people, including Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., but fortunately the only one to die was the terrorist himself.
“5 years ago my colleagues & I were attacked playing baseball—because we’re Republicans,” Scalise wrote on Twitter. “We didn’t let it stop us then & nothing will stop us now. It’s been a long journey, but tonight we play the Congressional Baseball Game—5 years stronger.”
“Let’s be clear: A Leftist came to that baseball field in 2017 specifically to kill Republicans. He had a hit list in his pocket,” Scalise wrote in a followup post. “The FBI’s original classification of this attack as ‘suicide by cop’ was absurd and overtly political.”
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., made a similar claim in a 2018 interview. Paul said that the media largely ignored a key detail from the attack, that the terrorist was yelling “this is for healthcare!” while he was shooting. “He also had a list of conservative legislators, Republicans, in his pocket that he was willing to kill,” Paul added.
Several leftist climate protesters were arrested at the game for blocking entrances, according to Fox News.
“A message from U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger ahead of tomorrow’s Congressional Baseball Game for Charity,” U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger told the outlet. “We are aware that demonstrators are planning to protest political issues at the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. Our mission is to protect the Members of Congress during this family event, so we have a robust security plan in place.”
“We urge anyone who is thinking about causing trouble at the charity game to stay home,” Manger continued. “We will not tolerate violence or any unlawful behavior during this family event.”
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