A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“We were sitting ducks. Without the Capitol Hill police, it would have been a massacre.”
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, describing the scene of a rifle attack on members of Congress and their aides practicing for a charity baseball game as “sort of a killing field”
“Based on the question he asked me, I would make that assumption because he asked me if this team was the Republican or Democrat team privately. I responded that it was the Republican team practicing, and he proceeded to shoot Republicans.”
Speaking to reporters just hours after Wednesday’s shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, Rep. Jeff Duncan recounted an exchange he had with the gunman before he opened fire — and before the South Carolina Republican realized the man was a threat. Duncan said the shooter stopped him in the parking lot by the field as he was leaving team practice early and asked him if Republicans or Democrats were playing. Duncan told him it was the Republican team, and minutes later, the man opened fire.
“This political rhetoric and political discourse that has led to hate, has led to gunfire. I never thought I’d go to baseball practice for charity, and have to dodge bullets. This has got to stop, and it’s gotta stop today.”
Rep Rodney Davis (R-Ill.)
“Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault. Steve (Scalise), I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you, but of an entire nation and, frankly, the entire world. America is praying for you.
“We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation’s Capitol is here because, above all, they love our country.
“We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans, that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace, and that we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good.”
“I pray for Donald Trump, that his presidency will be successful and that his family will be safe.”
Nancy Pelosi after the shooting
“If you look at the vulnerability, I assure you: I have a carry permit. I will be carrying when I’m out and about. On a rare occasion, I’d have my gun in a glove box or something, but it’s going to be in my pocket from this day forward.”
Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) reacted to the shooting at a congressional baseball practice
“You can’t continue to enrage people the way the left, and predominantly the media, has been doing. The Democrat Party and the left for years have been feeding this. And particularly since the election of Trump they have virtually assured their supporters that Trump is guilty, guilty of treason.
“They build up these expectations that Trump is not really the president. He shouldn’t have been. He cheated. He colluded with the Russians. There isn’t any evidence for it, and so every time the left builds up an event where this is going to be established as fact and it blows up in their faces, it creates rising expectations followed immediately by rank disappointment and anger and letdown over the fact that it’s not happening.
“This guy is the exact personification when I sit here and talk about the lunatic fringe base, the deranged base of the Democrat Party, this is the guy. This is the face. This is the picture. This is what you get when you stoke and fuel hatred, raw hatred and resentment, at some point it’s gonna blow over, because it cannot be contained, this kind of rage and repeated disappointment.”
Rush Limbaugh reacting to the shooting at the congressional baseball practice
“It is hard and there is a level of viciousness that I was not expecting. I was not expecting the intensity of this experience. I’m trying to keep my head down, not listen to the noise and just work really hard to make a positive impact in the lives of many people.”
Ivanka Trump during an interview with FOX where she reminded viewers that life was more difficult for people who were laid off or for a mother that lost their child to opioid abuse
“I think we should let Bob Mueller do his work and get to the bottom of it, and get to the bottom of it quickly so that he can be vindicated, get to these things. Let’s not forget what this is originally all about. Russia is up to no good. Russia is trying to meddle into our elections.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan, on reports that President Trump is considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller
“I said, why are you not coming out? She said, they tell us to stay in. They’re coming to get us.” (About half an hour later) “I said, what’s going on? She said, now the smoke is coming into the flat heavily. And I said, cover the kids with a wet blanket and put them on the floor. And that was the last time I’ve heard from her.”
Ahmed Chellat, who lives nearby, called his brother-in-law and his wife, who lived on the 21st floor of the Grenfell Tower in London. Chellat says he fears the family of five may have perished in a fire that ripped through the 24-story apartment block.
“Everybody has a doppelganger. Luckily we found his.”
Attorney Alice Craig, whose client Richard Anthony Jones walked out of prison a free man after 17 years when lawyers found another prisoner who resembled Jones and used the same first name
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Shooting in Alexandria
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
One of the rare times the hype is justified…the U.S. Open in Erin.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK