Climate protesters block entrance to Nationals Park as Republicans and Democrats PLAY GAMES!
The authorities reported that at least three climate activists participated in the protest and were taken into custody for causing violence
On Thursday night, the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity in Washington, DC, got delayed by rain. But the Republican lawmakers made it to victory. They were already ahead since the beginning and were up 4 to the Democrats' 0 in the fourth inning. The friendly contest finally came to an end, with Republicans scoring a 10. The winning team first took hold of the Nationals Park field, where Washington Nationals play. The players wore jerseys from their respective districts or state teams.
Nancy Pelosi, the house speaker and the coach for the Democratic team, said in an interview with Fox News' Chad Pregram said, "This game is so great and people are so nice," she said. "That's what makes it great that we're competitive and it's great to be here and have a little fun. Sometimes I coach, sometimes I'm the umpire. I have my point of view. But it's always fun," She added that they keep setting their differences aside because of comradery and the love of the players for baseball.
However, the rain was not the exclusive reason why the game got delayed. Several protestors also attempted to interrupt the game but were arrested by the US Capitol Police. The authorities reported that at least three climate activists participated in the protest and were taken into custody for causing violence. Before the game, several left-wing groups sent threats to shut down the game in the days leading up to the event. The authorities were aware of this and said, "We are aware that demonstrators are planning to protest political issues at the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. Our mission is to protect the Members of Congress during this family event, so we have a robust security plan in place." The US Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger warned the protesters that the law enforcement team "will not" allow any activity that may lead up to violence or is deemed unlawful. He added, "We urge anyone who is thinking about causing trouble at the charity game to stay home. We will not tolerate violence or any unlawful behavior during this family event."
Fox News reported that a climate activist has said that lawmakers will witness similar protests in the future. The Chesapeake Climate Action Network's federal campaigns director, Quentin Scott, said, "They should not be playing a baseball game when" there are wildfires, droughts, and heat waves that have "created billions of dollars in damage." Scott further added that lawmakers should try to put more effort into passing climate legislation and said that Biden took some initial steps but can do a lot more. He stated, "He can be more aggressive with his executive orders; he can declare a climate emergency."