WASHINGTON ―Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) addressed the Senate floor Wednesday to condemn the shooting that had taken place that morning at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. Reports suggest that the suspect supported Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign.
“I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign. I am sickened by this despicable act, and let me be as clear as I can be: Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms,” the senator said.
“Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs counter to our most deeply held American values,” he added. “I know I speak for the entire country in saying that my hopes and prayers are that Rep. Scalise, congressional staff and the Capitol police officers who were wounded make a quick and full recovery. I also want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm.”
The shooting early Wednesday wounded several people, including Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the third-highest ranking member of the House GOP leadership team.
President Donald Trump announced from the White House that the assailant had “died from his injuries.”