On the exact day two years after the attack on Republican members of Congress during a congressional baseball practice, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is reflecting on his emotional story.
“Thanks to countless heroes, miracles, and prayers, I’m still here today getting to do the job I love in Congress—and play a little baseball,” the Republican lawmaker tweeted, along with sharing his story in a video on how far he’s come since being shot by a gunman on June 14, 2017.
The Republican lawmaker shared that “there were dark days when I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it” or walk again as the attack left him with nerve damage in his left leg. However, “the constant flow of prayers, the love, and the support” were “incredibly powerful.” He had the drive to get back up and continue serving as a congress member.
“When I look back as we embark upon this two-year anniversary I still have a lot of emotions, but a lot of special feelings for the friends, the heroes, the miracles, and all of you who prayed. … And I am better, keep getting better every day.”
Watch Scalise’s story below:
Two years ago, my colleagues and I were attacked while practicing for a charity baseball game, simply because we’re Republicans. Thanks to countless heroes, miracles, and prayers, I’m still here today getting to do the job I love in Congress—and play a little baseball. pic.twitter.com/4DWeeFrc76
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 14, 2019
During Thursday’s baseball practice, Scalise had the honor of thanking one of those heroes again, Special Agent Crystal Griner, who saved his life two years ago, as IJR Red reported.
“If they weren’t out there that day and risking their lives, I mean, y’all can be proud to know that the best of law enforcement was on display that day,” Scalise said.
Scalise has received an outpouring of support ahead of this year’s game:
Proud to work with you Steve! https://t.co/EbYsBd9KmD
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) June 14, 2019
Cannot echo my friend and colleague @SteveScalise enough —thankful for my heroes Griner, Bailey, & the Alexandria PD who are the reasons we're able to be back on the field today. We owe a ton of gratitude to all of the US Capitol Police who protect us on Capitol Hill each day. https://t.co/xt3PjKgb0h
— US Rep Rodney Davis (@RodneyDavis) June 12, 2019
Well said @SteveScalise! I am forever thankful our angels – the @CapitolPolice – were there that day. It was an honor to have Special Agent Crystal Griner with us at practice today to honor her bravery, heroism and protection. https://t.co/5sPVU2tVyi
— Rep. Roger Williams (@RepRWilliams) June 12, 2019
Friday marks the 2-year anniversary of the congressional baseball shooting. Today at baseball practice, @SteveScalise honored USCP officer Crystal Griner, one of the officers who stopped the shooter. I'll always be grateful for her bravery that saved my good friend's life. pic.twitter.com/U5ZqKqhg9e
— Rep. Bruce Westerman (@RepWesterman) June 12, 2019
Since the shooting, Scalise has advocated further for Second Amendment rights, telling the audience at this year’s National Rifle Association’s event in April, “Our rights come to us from God, not lawmakers. … Our Founding Fathers believed in that.”
Scalise will be back out on the baseball field with his fellow Congress colleagues, as they are set to play the annual bipartisan Congressional Baseball Game on June 26.