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>> this morning 20 republican lawmakers are counting their blessings and lucky to be alive, they were practicing for a baseball game yesterday morning when all of this unfolded, shots began to ring out and that is when lawmakers dove into the dugout to take cover. several lawmakers like steve scalise were on the outfield, they had nowhere to go. he was shot in the hip, he started to crawl towards the outfield to get out of this raging gunbattle that was underway. witnesses said the shooting lasted nearly 9 minutes and included 50 to 60 gunshots before capitol hill police were able to take the shooter out. here's how two congressman described it. >> we are all here by the grace of god and a hand played in today if you look at potential scenarios, it would have been different. >> the situation is the real. i have been in that environment
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before and you let your instincts kick in and go to work. >> later in the day on capitol hill bipartisan praise for the capitol hill police officers who undoubtedly saved many lives as well as calls for unity. >> we are united. we are united in our shock, united in our anguish, and attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. >> to my colleagues, something i never said before. i identify myself with the remarks of the speaker. we are not one caucus or the other in this house today. >> steve scalise remains in critical condition. he will need to undergo additional surgery. the other shooting victims who remain in the hospital ainsley: barton, congressional staffer, matt maker, congressional staffer, capitol hill police officer krystal breiner who was part of scalise's security and another
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officer, david bailey was injured in yesterday's attacks and he is praised as well for continuing to engage the gunmen after he was injured and he may have been the one that took the shooter down and save the lawmakers lives. >> that is something else. >> praising the capital police officers who stopped the shooter. >> we want to give our thanks to the first responders, the alexandria police department who were on the scene in minutes. i know this house wants to state unequivocally that we are as ever odd by the tremendous bravery of the capital police. >> these are the heroes that stopped a massacre of innocent men, women and children. >> the two officers, let's say their names again, crystal breiner, david bailey, assigned
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to protect majority webster steve scalise, officer breiner was shot in the ankle and remained hospitalized in good condition, officer david bailey was also shot but was treated and released. >> the president and first lady making a surprise visit to congressman steve scalise in the hospital carrying bouquets of white flowers and sat at his bedside after donald trump condemned the attack as a brutal assault and thank officers for their heroism in taking down that shooter. >> we may have our differences but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because above all they love our country. rob: the first family visiting one of the wounded heroes, last night. heather: new details about the shooter are revealed as people
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who knew james hodgkinson react to the news of his horrific act of violence. rob: jackie joins us with more. >> reporter: investigators piecing together the background of james hodgkinson. until march he was a retired home inspector living in belleville, illinois with his wife. neighbor describes him as an angry little man. in 2006 he punched a woman in her face and dragged her daughter down by her hair, he hit a man with the butt of a shotgun and fired it in anger. friend said he had a temper but nothing like this. >> he was in a few fights and stuff like that but nothing that would demonstrate violence as far as what he did. >> what do you mean by that? >> he never backed down in a bar fight or whatever. he sto >> reporter: social media posts showing hodgkinson became troubled by the presidential election and one of the posts he
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writes, quote, trump is a traitor, democracy, time to destroy trump and company. he volunteered for bernie sanders's campaign, sanders immediately addressing that on the senate floor. >> i am sickened by this despicable act. 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. >> reporter: once in virginia, he hung around the ymca just before the shooting. hutchinson became a regular at a barbecue restaurant on the baseball field, staff says he was rude but never mentioned politics. new york times reports the gunmen called his wife the day before the shooting to tell her he was coming home because he missed her and his dogs. back to you. rob: them accredited republicans bowing to take the field in honor of steve scalise.
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paul ryan drawing tremendous applause after saying the game will go on. >> knowing steve scalise as we all do he is likely really frustrated that he is not able to play in the baseball game. >> republican and democrat lawmakers have the same message on tucker carlson last night. >> to play the baseball game tomorrow, let these people know they can't change the way we live in this country. >> important to show solidarity, show that we are together on this and have a good time playing america's pastime. rob: everyone will where lsu gear in honor of steve scalise. heather: we know the shooter is a man with a history of angry politics and run-ins with the law. rob: what we know about the gunmen's motives. the sheriff of suffolk county in new york, thank you for coming
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on this morning. >> when you look at the things we have been able to find about the shooter. >> and social media posts. and people from his hometown, that is a man on the edge. mental illness, and the rhetoric out of washington, kathy griffin who is championing his cause, showing an act of violence, that could have push them over the edge. >> when you look at social media accounts. phone history, who he is calling for possible accomplices. >> calling somebody before this
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happened, was there a bigger plan, in front of him at the time, that happens off of the baseball field when the practice happened, was there a bigger plan. why did he moved to alexandria, why didn't his wife show any concern he left town in march in alexandria. >> people go off the deep end and do stuff like this, they seem to be lost souls was this guy living out of his car, the shooter of the 5 police officers in towers last year, a common thread in society. >> a lot of people in this, on the edge of mental illness and when you have people, figures,
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political figures talking about violence, 2015-16 we sign increase in ambushes on police officers because there was it almost became accepted and people were encouraging violence. there was a false narrative out there and you see the same here. >> the baseball game will take place tonight as scheduled, first pitch at 7:00 pm. it is a charity event, what will the security be like? >> i think it will be the safest place in the country tonight. this is a game i think everybody in the washington area -- now it is almost a national event, everybody knows that. not just because of what happened yesterday but because anyone who knows about this, it is well-publicized for charity but does prevent -- present charity issues and you will see very intense security outside the stadium and inside the stadium. rob: what is your message to politicians, to take a lesson from this. >> there is a line and every
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time you cross that line someone will cross the next line so we have to tone it down. rob: we do appreciate it. heather: tone it down, good advice. rob: a disturbing rise in vicious left-wing hate targeting the president and being viewed by a number of left-wingers across the country. >> i have thought an awful lot about blowing up the white house. rob: yesterday after violence comes as a surprise? amy holmes joins us with that next. >> messages of support coming from across the country. that's why i have the spark cash card from capital one. with it, i earn unlimited 2% cash back on all of my purchasing. and that unlimited 2% cash back from spark means
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mahmoud abbas the fbi looking at reports of a dirty bomb on a container ship in south carolina, investigators clearing the port of charleston after
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finding -- a youto conspiracy theorist made a claim about explosives ownership, just got back from middle east. that person has not been detained. the death toll in the london apartment building inferno climbing to 12. it is expected to get higher as well. 24 hours after the high-rise burst into flames leaving people trapped inside was one person desperate, wrapping it in a blanket, dropping the child out of a tent floor window into the arms of somebody below who made the catch and the baby survived. we don't know about mom. the cause of the fire still unknown but some people blaming a faulty refrigerator. heather: a disturbing rise in vicious left-wing hate targeting the president being spewed across the country by liberals.
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>> i have thought an awful lot about blowing up the white house. >> i would like to punch him in the face. >> we are here to be nasty. heather: given this rhetoric does yesterday after violence targeting republicans come as a surprise? resumes and report political analyst amy holmes thank you for joining us. at the start, we are hearing this rhetoric from both sides. it has been coming down since the election started months and months ago. >> political language can get hot and passionate. when it comes to political discourse but it is crossing the line. another clip you could have added to that montage is our former vice presidential candidate senator tim kane from virginia saying only days after the president's inauguration democrats need to fight in the
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streets. he was talking physical, violence against the president and -- heather: he wasn't talking about people physically going out -- >> he had a list of things, we need to fight this way, that way, fight in the streets. heather: that is what people are talking about, this dangerous rhetoric, one of the congressman called it rhetorical terrorism. how people need to think about the words they use like fight or die or because there are some people in a different state of mind to take that seriously. >> some people like yesterday's shooter, are evil and have evil intends and have to take responsibility. taking responsibility for what he had to do but another form of political violence we have seen on college campuses. my cousin is a student at evergreen state college and she actually signed an open letter
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by students are opposing this violent bullying tactic perpetrated by students and she is a liberal, doesn't regard herself as a conservative. this is crossing a line, gone too far and reported to me there was a student at evergreen who was advocating rape as a way to punish -- heather: people don't realize the power of their words. let's look at this from donald trump junior, events like today are exactly why we took issue with new york elites glorifying the assassination of our president and he is right because think about the family members. >> absolutely. baron trump was extremely upset when he saw these images on television and we need to think of the broader political discourse and the new york times, the hypocrisy of the new york times, they went after sarah palin for having a targeted one of her political
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and saying this led to the attack on gabby giffords but now the new york times is -- shakespeare in the park that depicts the murder, the assassination of a stand in for donald trump. heather: how do we respect our artistic rights, you have to use common sense. you would think that would be the wrong thing to do but people have a right to do it if they once. >> there is a difference between having the right to do something and being responsible. kathy griffin took the photo, she posted it, she was quite proud of it and now -- heather: our response can keep control of the rhetoric that is happening. >> we don't have to control it but we can react with dollars and feet. heather: appreciate it as always. rob: it is 5:18 on the east coast, 24 hours after the shooting democrat using the
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street. we lose 93 million ameri a day to gun violence. 93 million -- 93 individuals a day. >> he misspoke. mcauliffe questioned why he brought up gun-control in the first place after he said it wasn't the day to do that. rob: he was not the only one talking gun-control in the wake of this. jermaine williams attacking our current gun laws in this country. i want to bring it to a specific. >> tucker recruiting these claims they williams timing was wrong. >> reaction to the congressional
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baseball shooting. >> carly shimkus from fox news and lawmakers on both sides. >> reporter: lawmakers calling for unity in the wake of the shooting in alexandria, virginia. pouring of prayers can be seen across social media with donald trump setting the tone calling congressman scalise a true friend and patriot after news broke. the president and first lady spent the evening visiting the congressman in the hospital and he took to twitter with an update writing just left hospital. one of the truly great people is in tough shape but he is a real fighter, pray for steve. the shooting took place while house republicans were practicing for today's congressional baseball game was a photo shows house democrats reacting to the terrifying news by bowing their heads in prayer. house minority leader nancy pelosi echoed that sentiment on twitter writing on days like today there are no democrats or
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republicans. only americans united in thoughts for the wounded. the two capital police officers who were injured are being hailed heroes across social media. arizona congressman jeff flake tweeting just met with capital police officers at the hospital, thank them for saving my life. congressman roger williams who suffered an ankle injury also praised capital police writing i would like to take the time to express my sincere gratitude to capital police officers who were at practice today. he called them true heroes. despite the shooting the congressional baseball game will take place later today. house speaker paul ryan drew tremendous applause when he announced game will go on. >> 25 minutes after the hour. stories of heroism as capital police step up to save representative steve scalise and his colleagues.
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>> fox news alert congressman steve scalise is now in critical condition after being shot by a trump aiding gunmen who opened fire on republicans at baseball practice. rob: donald trump and first lady melania visiting his bedside after the learning about the politically motivated attack. we have live team coverage this morning. doug luzader at national ballpark where the shooting took place where the game tonight will take place but we begin with garrett tenney in statuary hall with breaking details.
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>> reporter: after spending the entire day yesterday at the baseball field it is a miracle no one besides the shooter was killed. there was one way in and out from this baseball field. this as lawmakers were wrapping up practice. several were in the field with nowhere to hide when these gunshots broke out. police say the shooter james hodgkinson had a writer and pistol he used over the course of 9 minutes firing as many as 50 shots according to witnesses. house majority whip steve scalise was near second base when he was shot in the hip and as other lawmakers dove into the dugout to take cover scalise tried to call into the outfield to escape the gunfire. here's how one congressman described it. >> he was very calculated. he used the third-base dugout as protection. use another building as protection. he was calculated and he was hurting us into one spot.
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>> a former army medic and others several others rushed over after capital police took the shooter out and made a 20 around his leg. investigators have not determined a motive but several republican lawmakers have said they believe they may have been targeted. a few minutes before the shooting began the gunmen walked up to them and asked if the players were democrats or republicans. >> the gentleman approached us and said are those republicans or democrats out there? jeff said they are republicans. the guy turned around and started walking to the field. this is a little odd. no reason to be a spectator. >> reporter: steve scalise remains in critical condition, several more seaweed surgeries were his injuries, three others are at the hospital as well. a congressional staffer, and a former staffer and capitol hill
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police officer crystal kleiner who was there as part of the security detail that scalise received as majority group with and we heard from another of lawmakers that if not for the security detail things would have been much much worse. rob: thank you. heather: republicans and democrats showing solidarity with a standing ovation vowing to play the congressional baseball game is scheduled. >> refusing to let the violence. the century-old tradition. doug luzader from national ballpark. >> reporter: good morning. this is a big event in any year but especially this year. there was speculation that maybe the game would be canceled because of yesterday's attack. it will go on as planned with republicans and democrats may face one another on the field they ultimately play on the same team.
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>> let these people know they can't change the way we live in this country. >> important to show solidarity, the we are together on this end have a good time playing america's pastime. >> republicans will miss the services of steve scalise who was set to play second base. this is the guy who is a baseball fanatic. he has bats on capitol hill. paul ryan talked about this yesterday. >> knowing steve scalise as we all do he is likely really frustrated that he's not going to play in the baseball game. >> reporter: beyond anything else be on symbolism this is a competitive series and it is tied up 39 wins apiece. it will be a decisive game
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tonight. rob: capital police officers who took down the shooter hailed as heroes. roger williams was on the scene when shots rang out, he says without those brave officers things could have ended differently. >> there could have easily been 25 deaths or more lose the thin blue line held today and law enforcement officers everywhere should be proud. americans everywhere should be thankful that this is still the kind of country that produces these kinds of heroes. >> one of williams's staffers was shot as well. >> congressman williams himself was shot. the president and first lady making a surprise visit to congressman steve scalise in the hospital caring bouquets of white flowers. they sat at scalise's bedside to visit with his family, this
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after donald trump condemned the attack as a brutal assault and he thanked the officers for their heroism in taking down that shooter. >> we may have our differences but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in the nation's capital was here because above all they love our country. >> the first family also visiting with one of the wounded heroes capital police officer crystal reiner last night. rob: republican lawmakers's attack coming after anti-president trump stunts some violent, in the media and even inside some american classrooms. heather: good morning, todd. >> reporter: what i am about to say is politically incorrect but needs to be said. our great nation is teetering on the brink of political and cultural anarchy and the blame lies with hollywood and public universities have the far left. the hateful rhetoric has given birth to bloodshed.
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this time at the hands of a man who hated donald trump, man who wanted to tell as many republicans as he could. good people gunned down because of their political affiliation. make no mistake the man who pulled the trigger bears the responsibility for the bloodshed but we would be foolish if we did not address the festering anti-trump cancer that has infected the left. the comedian who beheaded the president, high school teachers who pretended to assassinate the commander-in-chief, the professor who said republicans must be executed, the other professor who said the president must hang and the other professor who said house republicans should be lined up and shot. wednesday those professors nearly got their wish when a baseball field nearly became a killing field. we can be better than that, we must be better than that. back to you. heather: thanks. the time is 20 minutes until the top of the hour and calls for unity after congressman steve
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scalise is shot in a politically motivated attack. >> we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good. >> celebrity threatening to blow out the white house, calling for the president's assassination, the rhetoric hitting the country stop, fair and balanced debate with chuck and lawrence jones. next. was thaasking me, "is your daughter ok?" that's where i felt relief. we're the rivera family, and we will be with usaa for life. but when we brought our daughter home, that was it. now i have nicoderm cq. the nicoderm cq patch with unique extended release technology helps prevent your urge to smoke all day. it's the best thing that ever happened to me. every great why needs a great how.
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conference later this morning. tensions rising after a dangerous encounter overseas. a rainy warship shining a spotlight at us military helicopter around the strait of hormuz. and a cargo ship, the iranian vessel pulled alongside in international waters. before sailing away. the navy calling the incident, quote, unsafe and unprofessional. rob: calls for unity on both sides of the aisle after yesterday's shooting. >> i ask each of you to join me to resolve, come together, lift each other up and show the country, show the world that we are one house. >> we use this occasion as one that brings us together and not separates us.
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>> we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good. >> will the far left answer those calls? with everything we have seen from riots on college campuses to so-called art depicting the death of our president, the beheading of our president. where is the civility in politics? lawrence jones, host for the blaze and democratic strategist and former bernie sanders advisor, thanks for coming on this morning, we appreciate it. is it going to take something like this to get people to dial this down, a congressman being shot while playing baseball, to dial down this extreme rhetoric we have in this country? >> i detest everything that happened yesterday and i echo bernie's statement but in the arena, i do political campaigns for a living and nothing discussed me more than what
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happened yesterday and when i pray on sunday i want things like this, for us to come together, i disagree with republicans, i worked up, i disagree with republicans on everything they stand for in policy but i have some good friends who are good decent human beings, the majority of them. we should not be inciting violence no matter what our political differences art. we should be able to have a civil debate about this, not somebody getting shot on a baseball field. rob: is this what it takes for a wake-up call? >> i echo chuck sentiment but i don't think this is the wake-up call. this is something temporary, people will go back to their own corners and they will continue to divide. even last night. i'm a little upset about the media. last night we have a sitting congressman in critical condition and they want to cover fbi leaks. why is this leaking in the first place?
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when a member of congress is in critical condition and why is the media covering this when we are supposed to be unified? i don't think it will happen. rob: i can't help but wonder, our politicians to blame for a lot of this? they hype up so much rhetoric, so much anger, trying to inspire people to get to the polls and vote, they have to be so dramatic and make a -- make it seem like the world is going to end if you don't elect me congressman or elect me president and you can inspire crazy people to do this when you talk so big. >> a little bit of blame goes to all elected officials who take the extreme right or extreme left of any issue but since citizens united you have these echo chambers on social media, nonprofits or other political organization much more to the right or left to any politician who put out fake news, false
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articles, really trying to shoot gin up the debate, that is the kind of culture that creates what happened yesterday getting people so moved up that that is what happens. >> they use words like resist which sounds like revolt or revolution which we have seen in the past in europe can be bloodied. it can be deadly. >> the difference from people having a policy debate versus emotional arguments. calling people racist, saying xena phobic or impeach, these are all rhetoric to get people riled up. it is healthy in america, strong policy debates, we are not seeing it from the left right now. rob: such a major swing in this country from eight years of president obama to an election where everybody thought hillary clinton was going to continue
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moving that direction and on the same page and all of a sudden somebody like donald trump comes in just polar opposite of someone like president obama. is that part of why there is so much anger and people are disillusioned? >> there is no one answer but it is a number of things, one is a 24 hour news cycle, social media and average americans are sick and tired of being sick and tired and very frustrated. there is a way to be emotional. a lot of people are emotional. we can have these debates about policy and talk about it in a way that doesn't get somebody killed. rob: last word. >> there is a difference in the way president obama was covered. he was hope and change, there were parades, people even accepting his victory for historic reasons. right now the tone is much different with donald trump being an office and it is shameful. rob: thanks for coming on this
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>> new details about the gunmen who targeted gop lawmakers that baseball practice, james hodgkinson fatally shot by police with a bernie sanders supporter with a history of anti-trump bias. lawmakers calling for civility including gop congressman marsha blackburn who joins us with reaction to the shooting. you were friends with steve scalise outside the capital. tell us about your thoughts. >> we are all devastated with the news, concerned not only for
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our families and our congressional family, but for our staff members and the other thing too, we are so concerned for individuals that want to visit with us out in the public sphere and it brings a new dimension to that as you think about the security of people that come to public events and interface with you at public events. >> we heard had he not been in a leadership role, had the extra protection, the situation would have been much worse was i heard the word massacre used. members of congress do not have protection and we are out and about. we drive ourselves places. we don't have special protection, but the speaker, the leader, the whip, the leader, the whip, the minority side have the detail and we are so
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grateful for capital police and their being there with congressman scalise, the protection they provided for all the members. our hearts go out and our prayers not only congressman scalise but also members who were there. >> it has to be foremost in your mind. you want to be approachable but you want to worry about yourself and your family. >> and our staff being out and about and when we met before we went to the floor yesterday, it was a bipartisan meeting. this is something several members brought up is the need to be able to beef up protection and be in a federal building, for the congressional offices to
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utilize, we have seen an uptick in the death threat. we want to rape you and every member, every female member of your staff. dealing with capital police doing such good work working with us, helping to follow on these threats. rob: now you see where those threats, facebook and social media, people spread those ideas more than they do before. >> there are some things we take from our pages, to take down, to
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protect free speech and protect an open society. this is the rhetoric and incendiary landscape in which is working. we are all united. we are mindful in the discourse, the need for civility. and the need to be able to assess these threats to make these determinations, what does nita reaction, what is somebody popping off. rob: it is difficult to determine which is which. and the feeling of civility as we college and bipartisanship and make it last be on the baseball game. >> we need to make certain we are mindful. and actions do mean things and when we look at the utilization
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of social media, interactions that we have on the floor and in committee and with one another, it is -- our nation has been so well served by robust political debate. it is a good thing but let's not personalize those attacks and keep the focus on the policies but remember that we all are for a free, prosperous america. mahmoud abbas heather: media needs to remember that as well. rob: thanks so much. representative steve scalise downgraded to critical condition after being shot in the hip by a trump hating gunmen. the latest on his condition coming up next. whuch a dad thing to do. after he gave his name the woman from capital one said "mr. garner, are you related to jennifer?" kind of joking with him. and my dad was so proud to tell her,
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rob: one of the biggest stories today congressman steve scalise majority whip is n serious condition after being shot in the hip. there is video of him being taken to the hospital from that field. just a terrifying scene. heather: critical condition. the other victim, four other victims matt mikka, officer david bailey. officer griner and barth. two big heroes in the middle of the screen for you. rob: after being shot james
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hodgekinson. looking into whether anybody else had any wild ideas like he had. we will see you later. ♪ steve: it is 6:00 in new york city. welcome to studio f. it's "fox & friends." and we start this program with a fox news alert. congressman steve scalise worsening to critical condition overnight after being shot in the hip just 23 hours ago. the dramatic moments caught on cell phone. [gunfire] ainsley: president trump visiting his bedside as he fights for his life. steve: leeland vitter is live


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