WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hours after James T. Hodgkinson, 66, targeted Republican Members of Congress practicing for a charity baseball game, in a shooting that left Rep. Steve Scalise (R-IA) and three members of the Capitol Hill Police severely wounded, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took the House floor.
“I pray for Donald Trump, that his presidency will be successful and that his family will be safe,” Pelosi said of President Donald Trump.
“I have been probably the target of more, political target of probably more threats than anyone perhaps other than the President of the United States Barack Obama. And so I pray for Barack Obama, and now I continue to pray for him,” Pelosi said. “And I pray for Donald Trump, that his presidency will be successful and that his family will be safe,” she said.
Less than one month into Trump’s presidency, Pelosi said that said while she has not seen a completed case for his impeachment, a “very scientific, methodical way” was being created to help the Democrats achieve this aim.
On Monday, Pelosi predicted that Trump would “self-impeach.” But now, just a few days later, she is throwing her support behind the president in the wake of this tragedy in Alexandria.
Earlier in her speech on the House floor on Wednesday, Pelosi said that “we speak for each other in saying, we send our thoughts and prayers to our colleague, Steve Scalise.” She continued:
Personally we have our Italian-American connection so as soon as I heard his name, I was filled with concern, as I would be for anyone here. But we had that special connection, and so our hopes and prayers — and as I said to the Speaker [Paul Ryan], I’ll be asking you every five minutes, ‘How is Steve coming along?’