Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez flips bird at GOP in congressional baseball game

That won’t help reconciliation! Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez flips the bird at her Republican rivals during the congressional baseball game (and ends up on the losing side)

  • The GOP beat the Democrats 10-10, winning for the second year in a row
  • Sanchez made the gesture after getting pulled for a pinch runner
  • It was the 87th annual congressional baseball game 
  • The gesture was broadcast on C-SPAN and caught attention of commentators
  • The annual ballgame is a Capitol tradition that raises funds for charity 
  • Game at Nationals Stadium came during week of partisan tensions in Capitol  
  • Sen. Joe Manchin reached agreement on a reconciliation bill with Schumer
  • House Republicans retaliated by trying to bring down bill to boost semiconductor 

Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez of California gave the finger to the Republican dugout at the congressional baseball game Thursday night – in a flash of tension and poor form at the annual bipartisan event for charity. 

Sanchez, who has been in office since 2003, made the obscene gesture while her team was trailing. She got on first base in a walk, when her team put in a pinch running, prompting her to jog off the field.

Her gesture was caught on camera as the game was captured on C-Span, prompting a chuckle from commentators. It drew wide comment on Twitter, where users slowed down the tape and were able to get close-up screen grabs of her gloved hand.

Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., was caught on camera giving the finger to the Republican dugout during the 87th annual congressional baseball game

Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., was caught on camera giving the finger to the Republican dugout during the 87th annual congressional baseball game

It all came on a night when Republicans trounced the Democrats 10-0 in the traditional summer ballgame, winning for a second year in a row in a contest that puts the two parties against each other on the field.

It was not immediately clear if were any words that preceded the gesture. Sanchez’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The annual event raises funds for D.C.-area charities, and dates back to the early 1900s.

The game usually provides some bipartisan relief to Capitol tensions – and this year came at a time of contentious politics.

Sanchez left the field after her team put in a pinch runner

Sanchez left the field after her team put in a pinch runner

There are high partisan tensions inside the Capitol, after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. reached an agreement with Majority Leader Charles Schumer on a deal that can move without Republican support and pass on a simple majority

There are high partisan tensions inside the Capitol, after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. reached an agreement with Majority Leader Charles Schumer on a deal that can move without Republican support and pass on a simple majority

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28: Rep. August Pfluger (R-TX) and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) celebrates after the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity at Nationals Park July 28, 2022 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. The annual bipartisan game was first played in 1909

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 28: Rep. August Pfluger (R-TX) and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) celebrates after the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity at Nationals Park July 28, 2022 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. The annual bipartisan game was first played in 1909

A day before the game, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) stunned colleagues by reaching agreement with Majority Leader Charles Schumer on a ‘reconciliation’ package that would set a 15 per cent corporate minimum tax, while spending billions on climate programs and allowing the government to negotiate for lower prescription drug costs.

Senate Republicans fumed at the deal, which came hours after they provided Democrats with votes to advance bipartisan legislation to provide subsidies to boost the semiconductor industry in the U.S.

House GOP leaders started whipping their members against the bipartisan legislation in response, although two dozen Republicans crossed the aisle and it passed anyway with unified Democratic support.

Republicans in the Senate also backed away from legislation to address veterans who were exposed to burn pits in the Iraq war, saying they didn’t get the chance to offer an amendment.

Sanchez blasted the move on Twitter Thursday. ‘Republicans put partisan politics over the well being of veterans. The #PACTAct expands health care access for veterans. Last month they voted 84-14. Yesterday they voted 55-42. The bill hasn’t changed. This is insulting to those who have served and sacrificed for our country,’ she wrote.

The dugout drama wasn’t the only excitement in the lopsided game.

 Outside, police clashed with climate change protesters, who were removed from the stadium after trying to disrupt the event. Some managed to get inside and unfurl banners.

At least three people were arrested outside the stadium.

The man had tussled with police before he was swarmed by officers

The man had tussled with police before he was swarmed by officers

One climate change activist is seen on Thursday being wrestled to the floor outside Nationals Park

One climate change activist is seen on Thursday being wrestled to the floor outside Nationals Park

One man rushed officers, and was swarmed on and pushed to the ground.

Another pair of demonstrators tried to get in to the venue, but were marched backwards, smirking, by a burly security officer. When they tried to walk past the Metropolitan Police officer, he shoved one of them hard, causing him to fall backwards. Still trying to enter the area, he was surrounded by police who shepherded him away.

A blond woman was seen being carried by her arms and legs from the scene, while another activist stood nearby, zip ties on his wrists.

A group called Now Or Never claimed that they were behind the demonstration.

‘Tonight we converged on the Congressional Baseball Game,’ they tweeted.

‘We are living through a climate emergency. Yosemite is on fire. An ice shelf the size of NYC just broke off of Antarctica. We’re dying by the million from pollution.

‘Congress must seal the deal. It’s time.’

They added: ‘Baseball can wait. The climate cannot.’

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