Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez now claims a ‘misogynistic comment’ made her flip the bird at GOP

Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez now claims a ‘misogynistic comment’ made her flip the bird at Republicans at Congressional Baseball game: Says: ‘I have no tolerance for men who make women feel like they are unimportant’

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Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez of California Linda Sanchez says she flipped the bird at Republicans because of a ‘misogynistic’ and ‘offensive’ comment from the dugout during Thursday night’s Congressional Baseball game.

The California lawmaker got on first base in a walk in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Democrats trailing 5-0, when her team put in a pinch runner, 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 a slew of responses on Twitter, where users slowed down the tape and were able to get close-up screen grabs of her gloved hand.

In a statement she admitted that the middle finger was made in the ‘heat of the moment’ after a ‘misogynistic comment’ – but she did not clarify what was said.

‘The Congressional Baseball Game is one of my favorite events of the year. It’s a great cause and brings both sides of the aisle together for a night off from partisan politics,’ she said. ‘That is why it really struck a nerve when I heard an offensive and misogynistic comment from the Republican side on my way back to the dugout. In the heat of the moment, I reacted.’

‘I have no tolerance for men who make women feel like they are unimportant or don’t belong – especially on the field. I will always stand against that kind of bigotry,’ Sanchez concluded.

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

Dailymail.com has reached out to her office for further information on what the comment was and whether she knows the identity of the person who said it. 

A House source told DailyMail.com Sanchez said it was a member of the GOP dugout but refused to say what the person allegedly said. 

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.

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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