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On Five-Year Anniversary of Shooting, Leftists Again Threaten Congressional Baseball Game

'Failure will have serious consequences'

Police at the scene after the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game shooting / Getty Images
• July 6, 2022 6:10 pm

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Left-wing activists are threatening to shut down the Congressional Baseball Game five years after a far-left gunman shot up the bipartisan event, almost killing House Republican Whip Steve Scalise.

A climate activist group called Now or Never on Wednesday unveiled a three-part plan that starts with shutting down the annual game to force action from Democratic leaders, who the group says are guilty of refusing "to act boldly" on issues like climate change, abortion, and voting rights "for fear it will be too ‘polarizing.'" Now or Never's parent organization, the Action Network, is located at the same address as a group funded by liberal multibillionaire George Soros.

"On July 28th, we will converge en masse on the Congressional Baseball Game. If our politicians have failed to deliver, we will shut it down," Now or Never's website says. "We will not stand by, watching them play games while the world burns. Everything we love is at stake. Our safety, our future, our one and only home. It's time to leave everything on the field."

Those threats come five years after James Hodgkinson, a former campaign volunteer for socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), showed up at Republicans' practice for the game and shot Scalise, a congressional staffer, a lobbyist, and two Capitol Police officers. All of the victims survived, though Scalise was seriously injured. Police officers shot and killed Hodgkinson in a gunfight.

Now or Never's threats do not stop with the baseball game. If Congress does not enact "strong climate legislation" by Aug. 5, Now or Never will "see to it that Democratic senators hear from us when they fly home empty handed," the website says.

If the group still doesn't get what it wants by Sept. 30, it will take "highly disruptive, mass direct action that fundamentally disrupts business as usual in D.C."

"Failure will have serious consequences," the group warned.