Rep. Linda Sanchez overturns GOP dugout during Congressional baseball game
Maybe she was just saying, « We’re #1. »
Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) made no secret of her feelings for fellow Republicans during Thursday night’s Congressional baseball game, giving the GOP dugout the middle finger after being drawn for a pinch runner.
The Republican team was leading 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Sanchez walked the first. As she rushed to the Democratic dugout on the third base line at Nationals Park, the legislator turned her head to the GOP bench on the side of first base, then raised her left hand and made the offensive gesture without slowing down.
It’s unclear if anything was said to Sanchez that prompted her to show Republicans the bird. His office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The GOP won the seven-inning contest 10-0 in what Democrats must hope will not be a preview of this fall’s midterm elections.
After the game, both Republicans and conservatives called out Sanchez for his lack of sportsmanship in what was apparently a friendly game to benefit a local charity.
“Rep. Linda Sanchez is classless,” conservative author Nick Adams tweeted. “Giving the middle finger to the GOP baseball team is hateful and divisive. Sanchez should be banned from all future Congressional baseball games and permanently stripped of all committees.”
“California Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez gave the Republican a thumbs-up just before her team was BODIED 10-0 by the GOP in the Congressional baseball game,” Newsmax host Benny said. Johnson. wrote. “What a mean, disgusting slob. Perfect representation of the modern left.
« Congresswoman Linda Sanchez knocks down Republicans in charity game in support of Boys and Girls Club of DC, » said former Congressman Mark Walker of North Carolina. job. « Sad! »
Sanchez’s move proved to be the most dramatic of a game that included a rain delay of more than 30 minutes in the fourth inning.
At least three climate protesters were arrested outside the stadium after activist groups tried to block the main entrance. Left-leaning protesters had previously vowed to disrupt play, drawing a stern warning from US Capitol police.
Inside Nationals Park, protesters hung a large banner on the upper deck that read « They’re playing ball while the world burns. »
Thursday’s victory was the second straight for the Republicans, who won a 13-12 slugfest in 2021 that included a home run out of the park by Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.).