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Congressional baseball practice shooting

Donald Trump Jr. criticizes 'NY elites glorifying the assassination of our president' after GOP baseball shooting

In the wake of the congressional baseball practice shooting Wednesday morning, Donald Trump Jr. retweeted a post taking a swing at New York "elites":

The president's oldest son was apparently pointing to Wednesday's shooting as proof that he and his father's allies were right to take issue with depictions "glorifying the assassination of our president."

A recent New York production of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar sparked outrage for seemingly modeling the doomed emperor after Trump and, Fox News said, "appear[ing] to depict President Trump being brutally stabbed to death by women and minorities." In May, liberals and conservatives alike were outraged over a controversial photo of comedian Kathy Griffin holding up a bloody and detached fake head that resembled the president. The photo was posted by TMZ with the caption, "Kathy Griffin wants Donald Trump's head ... but she wants it bloody and detached from his body."

On Wednesday, multiple people, including Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), two Capitol Hill police officers, and a congressional aide, were injured after a gunman opened fire on nearly two dozen Republican lawmakers practicing for an upcoming annual congressional baseball game. GOP lawmakers reported that prior to the incident a man asked "whether there were Republicans or Democrats out there."