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During the annual Congressional baseball game, Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez decided to display just how classy she is by flipping off Republican lawmakers during the sixth inning with Democrats trailing by five runs.
The game was for the Boys and Girls Club of DC. Tensions were running high between the right and left sides of the political aisle and the California Democrat was the epitome of poor sportsmanship during the 87th installment of the game.
Following a lead-off walk, Sanchez was pulled for a pinch runner. As she was jogging back to the dugout, she glanced at Republicans in the dugout before giving them the bird.
The offensive gesture went viral on social media. There’s no word on why she felt the need to give conservatives the middle finger other than the fact that the Democrats were getting stomped in what is potentially a preview of the upcoming midterm elections.
Keep it classy Dems. Rep Linda Sanchez with super sportsmanlike conduct. @TuckerCarlson pic.twitter.com/Y0QjuRsq0L
— Bluedevil Gma (@bluedevilmsn) July 29, 2022
Sanchez has been in office since 2003 and is one of the favorites among Democrats during the annual face-off.
The Democrats were humiliated by the Republicans who swept the game 10 to 0. They earned back-to-back victories and added to their winning record of 44-42-1. The annual baseball game began in 1909.
BREAKING: The Republicans have defeated the Democrats 10-0 in the 2022 Congressional Baseball Game.
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) July 29, 2022
Congressional Baseball Game Final Score:
And November is going to be worse.
— NRCC (@NRCC) July 29, 2022
The coach of the Democratic team, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, commented during an interview with Fox News’ Chad Pergram that comradery and the love of baseball were the reasons the congressional members continue to set aside their differences for the game. Evidently, not so much.
“This game is so great and people are so nice,” she cooed while a Democrat flipped off Republicans. “That’s what makes it great that we’re competitive, and it’s great to be here and have a little fun.”
Of course, the Democratic protesters outside the stadium were just as classy. It was the perfect backdrop to demand action on climate change.
Climate change protesters, who are promising to shut down the Congressional baseball game, chant “System change, not climate change” and “Act with urgency, declare a climate emergency” outside of Nats stadium. pic.twitter.com/jCnKXBHxvM
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) July 28, 2022
Climate activists blocking some of the entrances to the Congressional baseball game this evening (others are open, however) pic.twitter.com/djH4T6gzVw
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) July 28, 2022
Police clashed with the climate change protesters, who were removed from the stadium after attempting to disrupt the event. Some of the demonstrators managed to get inside and unfurl banners.
At least three people were arrested outside the stadium, according to the Daily Mail.
Cops got physical with some of the protesters.
(Video Credit: The Daily Mail)
One protester made the mistake of rushing officers and then was swarmed and pushed to the ground before being arrested.
Another dynamic duo tried to enter the stadium but were marched backward by a large security officer who was not amused. The protesters smirked at the officer. When they attempted to get past a Metropolitan Police officer, he shoved one of them hard and he went down. The protester then got into an altercation with the officer and numerous cops surrounded him and moved him away.
A blond woman was seen being carried by her arms and legs away from the scene, while another person stood nearby with his wrists zip-tied, according to the Daily Mail.
A group called Now Or Never claimed they organized the demonstration.
“Tonight we converged on the Congressional Baseball Game,” they tweeted. “We are living through a climate emergency. Yosemite is on fire. An ice shelf the size of NYC just broke off of Antarctica. We’re dying by the million from pollution. Congress must seal the deal. It’s time.”
Tonight we converged on the Congressional Baseball Game.
We are living through a climate emergency. Yosemite is on fire. An ice shelf the size of NYC just broke off of Antarctica. We’re dying by the million from pollution.
Congress must seal the deal. It’s time. pic.twitter.com/utGkwnvDMt
— Now Or Never (@now____or_never) July 29, 2022
“Our lives matter more than a game. Can’t you see?” the group declared.
“Baseball can wait. The climate cannot,” they cluelessly and obsessively proclaimed. “Congress must act now to pump hundreds of billions of dollars into the clean energy economy. The President must follow up by declaring a climate emergency.”
Baseball can wait. The climate cannot.
Congress must act now to pump hundreds of billions of dollars into the clean energy economy. The President must follow up by declaring a climate emergency.
— Now Or Never (@now____or_never) July 29, 2022
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