Scalise on shooting: 'I closed that chapter a long time ago'

Scalise on shooting: 'I closed that chapter a long time ago'
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Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScalisePoll: Republicans favor Scalise for Speaker; Dems favor Pelosi Trump ally suspends reelection campaign Trump’s endorsements cement power but come with risks MORE (R-La.) said Thursday that he’s using the anniversary of last year’s shooting at a congressional baseball team practice, in which he was severely wounded, to reflect on support he’s received. 

“I closed that chapter a long time ago, and luckily I’ve been able to focus on all the good,” Scalise told “Fox & Friends.” 

Scalise was seriously injured last June after a gunman opened fire on members of the Republican congressional baseball team while they practiced for an annual charity game. 


He underwent multiple surgeries and returned to the House in September. He is expected to start in the annual charity game on Thursday night.

Scalise told "Fox & Friends" that he was encouraged by the number of constituents and fellow politicians who reached out and prayed for his recovery. He said he heard from President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Trump claims tariffs on foreign nations will rescue US steel industry: report Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report MORE and the musician Bono during his recovery, as well.

"Just to see that kind of warmth, it just lifts you up through the dark and tough times," he said. "You know, for me and my whole family it was a rough period, but we also got to see the good in people."

"You usually see the bad, the focus is on the food fights and the things that we disagree on, but there was so much good that I got to see and experience that helped me get through it," he added.

Rep. Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsRepublicans have spent .5 million at Trump properties since he took office: report House GOP starts summer break on a note of friction Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus MORE (R-Texas), the coach of the Republican team, said earlier this week that he expects Trump to attend Thursday night's game.