House Speaker Paul Ryan recently talked about Wednesday’s shooting in Virginia that left Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition.
Ryan put partisan politics and called the shooting out for what it really was, an “attack on all of us.”
“We are all horrified by this dreadful attack on our friends and on our colleagues and those who serve and protect this Capitol,” Ryan said.
“We are united. We are united in our shock, we are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” Ryan said, prompting the crowd to stand and applaud.
“You know, every day we come here to test and to challenge each other. We feel so deeply about the things that we fight for and the things that we believe in, at times our emotions can clearly get the best of us. We’re all imperfect,” Ryan said.
“But we do not shed our humanity when we enter this chamber. For all the noise and all the fury, we are one family,” the speaker said.
Ryan also took the opportunity to praise Capitol Police for neutralizing the shooter.
“It is clear to me, based on various eyewitness accounts, that without these two heroes, agent [David] Bailey and agent [Krystal] Griner, many lives would have been lost,” he said.
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