Two years ago, Rep. Steve Scalise, the Republican from Louisiana, was shot in Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington, D.C., as Republicans practiced for an annual benefit baseball game against Democrats.
The 53-year-old was rushed to a hospital near death. He recovered but has needed multiple surgeries, still undergoes physical therapy and walks with a cane.
Scalise told reporters last week that he still struggles to forgive the man who wounded him and talked at length about his efforts to absolve his attacker. Scalise said it came up last week, when he and Vice President Mike Pence visited the leaders of three predominantly black churches near his congressional district that were badly burned recently by an alleged arsonist .
Along with Scalise, four others were wounded in the June 2017. The gunman, James Hodgkinson, died from wounds inflicted by police officers at the scene.
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With files from the Associated Press