Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez says fan, not Republicans, made ‘misogynistic’ comment prompting lewd gesture

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Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-California. says it wasn’t Republican lawmakers who did “an offensive and misogynistic comment” during the Thursday night Congressional baseball game that prompted her to return the bird to their dugout, but rather a fan in the stands.

Sanchez said Frank Thorp of NBC News that the alleged comment came from an “obnoxious fan” who had shouted similar remarks at her in the past.

Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-California, takes the field during the Congressional baseball game at Nationals Park Thursday, July 28, 2022. The Republicans prevailed over the Democrats by the score of 10-0.
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“He wasn’t the team. He was an obnoxious fan who yelled misogynistic bullshit at me every year.”

Earlier Friday, Sanchez said in a statement to Fox News Digital that the comment came “from the Republican side.”

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“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 an evening away from partisan politics. That’s why it m ‘really hit when I heard an offensive and misogynistic comment from the Republican side on the way back to the dugout,’ reads his statement.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, left, and Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, stand in the dugout before the Congressional baseball game against Congressional Democrats, Thursday, July 28, 2022, in Washington.  The annual baseball game between Congressional Republicans and Democrats raises money for charity.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, left, and Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, stand in the dugout before the Congressional baseball game against Congressional Democrats, Thursday, July 28, 2022, in Washington. The annual baseball game between Congressional Republicans and Democrats raises money for charity.
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“In the heat of the moment, I reacted. I have zero tolerance for men who make women feel like they’re not important or don’t belong, especially on the field. I will always oppose this kind of bigotry.”

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At the time, his office did not respond to a follow-up request for comment on what the comment was or who made it.

She declined to give details of the remark to NBC News.

“I’m not going to honor him with an answer because that’s mean and rude, and it has no place in a charity baseball game.”

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

Rep. August Pfluger (R-TX) and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) celebrate after the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity at Nationals Park on July 28, 2022 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. The annual bipartisan game was first played in 1909.
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Sanchez also took aim at Republican lawmakers for “trashing” her over her response.

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“If the Republican women would’ve stood up and said that’s not okay instead of, you know, criticizing me for my answer, then we could have a place where there’s no misogyny tolerated by anyone.

The The Republicans finally won the game 10-0, taking back-to-back victories and improving their record in the classic game, which was first played in 1909, to 44-42-1.

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