Nebraska 1st District Congressman Jeff Fortenberry is still processing the events of yesterday morning when gunfire erupted in Alexandria, Virginia during baseball practice for a congressional charity game.
Congressman Fortenberry says, “Today is a day of trying to unpack the fullness of what this meant that this is targeted political violence. It has gone beyond just the harsh words and the rhetoric that has affected all of us – some you would be aghast to see. It has gone beyond just mental illness I think and this is real political violence that rips at the soul of the country.”
Congressman Fortenberry says the mood was much different in the U.S. House yesterday. He says there was a real appeal for all members to think responsibly about their own actions and how that is projected to society. Congressman Fortenberry says there will always be differences between the two parties but address them in a constructive manner and not to send a message that violence is justified.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip and remains in critical condition. Those with leadership positions like Scalise have Capitol police with them. Congressman Fortenberry says because of their actions more people weren’t hurt. With targeted political violence becoming more commonplace, Congressman Fortenberry says he wouldn’t be surprised to see more Capitol police during events where a number of members of Congress appear. He says that was the case last night during a dinner off Capitol Hill at a hotel.