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WASHINGTON – CNN, the network famously dubbed “fake news” by President Trump, misreported an emotional moment before the Congressional Baseball Game Thursday, tweeting that it was only Democrats who knelt for prayer on the field.

James T. Hodgkinson, a Bernie Sanders supporter who was obsessed with Trump-Russia conspiracy theories, opened fire on Wednesday at a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, shooting Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer, a lobbyist and a Capitol Police special agent.

Hodgkinson asked, “Are those Republicans or Democrats?” before gunning down Scalise, the House Majority Whip, and his security detail.

One day after the attack, lawmakers took the field at Nationals Park in Washington and gathered near second base, the position Scalise was playing when he was shot.

But instead of stating above a photo of the scene that members of both parties were assembled in a show of unity, CNN tweeted: “Members of the Democratic team gather on the field for a prayer before the Congressional Baseball Game.”

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The tweet drew a flood of responses:

It took until Friday morning for CNN to make a correction.

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Conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh earlier noted the hypocrisy of Democrats, who banned God from their party platform in 2012, praying in wake of the shooting.

“Did you see the picture – the Democrats are practicing for this game on a different field, and there was nobody that showed up on that field with a gun. And there was a photo of all the Democrats after the event had taken place, they were all in a circle praying,” Limbaugh said.

He was referencing another image of the Democrats, at their practice field immediately after the shooter attacked Republicans at their field.

“They were in a circle and their heads were bowed. They were in their baseball uniforms wearing shorts and so forth, and they were on the sideline like in the bleachers behind a dugout or something. They were all praying.”

“I gotta be honest,” he continued, “my first thought was, ‘Wait a minute. These are the people that took God out of the party platform at the last convention so as not to offend people that didn’t believe in God.’ So I asked myself, ‘What am I looking at here?'”

The word “God” was initially nowhere to be found in the Democratic national platform of 2012. Republicans seized upon the omission as a failure of their opponents to appreciate the Divine’s place in American history.

Delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte booed, jeered and shook their fists when then-DNC chairman and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa declared that an amendment to the party’s platform that restored a mention of God had been adopted.

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