Rep. Rodney Davis said Wednesday's shooting at the Republicans' congressional baseball practice may have been "the first political rhetorical terrorist act."
Davis, still dressed in his clothes from practice, said there has got to be a "breaking point" in the heated political rhetoric in the country.
"I went back to my office, and I took the chance to come down here because I wanted to talk to people about what I'd witnessed, and about the effect it should have as we move forward as a country, and that's why I'm here, bloodied in my uniform, still not had a chance to clean up because it's that important that a message gets out that the hatefulness — this political rhetoric hate, we'll let the witnesses describe, but this could be the first political rhetorical terrorist act and that has to stop."
Davis was at bat when the shots rang out. He appeared in the Capitol sporting a bloody elbow and hand.
"I believe that there's such a hatefulness in what we see in American politics and policy discussions right now, and in social media and the 24-hour news cycle," Davis said. "This has got to stop. We can disagree on how to govern — that's what makes our country great. I'm here because we're all Americans. And I think Republicans and Democrats need to use this day today to stand together and say stop. Let's work together, let's get things done. We can have our differences, but let's not let it lead to such hate."
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others were wounded when a gunman started firing during the baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. President Trump said later Wednesday that the suspect is dead.
"I watched my friend and my fellow member Steve Scalise lay motionless on the field, wondering if he was going to be OK," Davis said. "That is a picture I will never forget."