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Pelosi References Harvey Milk in Violence Warning to House GOP


Nancy Pelosi reportedly choked up and got "teary-eyed" at her weekly press conference today when discussing the hostile political climate in which the nation finds itself today, and referenced the assassination of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and George Moscone.

Said Pelosi: Pelosi

"The balance between freedom and safety is one that we have to carefully balance. … I have some concerns about some of the language being used, because I saw this myself in the late 70s in San Francisco; this kind of rhetoric was very frightening, and it created a climate where violence took place. I wish that we could all curb our enthusiasm in the statements that we make and understand that some of the ears that it's falling on are not as balanced as the person making the statement might assume...Again our country is based on people being able to say what they believe, but I also believe they must take responsibility for any incitement they may cause."

Politico: "A top Pelosi aide later confirmed reporters' suggestions that her statement was likely a reference to the City Hall murder of gay rights activist Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone in Nov. 1978 — an earth-shattering experience for Bay Area Democrats like the speaker."


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  1. People fan the flames until the fire explodes, then they all sit around saying "How could this have happened?"

    Hear Limbaugh drumming up a race war lately? If you haven't heard, in "Obama's America" white kids get beat up by black kids while the other black kids cheer. If that isn't a racial call to arms, I don't know what is.

    Thank you, Pelosi, for speaking out BEFORE something happens.

    Posted by: Wes | Sep 17, 2009 12:48:25 PM

  2. This is pathetic. Just because some people have legitimate disagreements with you doesn't mean they are going to resort to violence. And where was all the concern at the height of the Bush II years when anti-war and anti-globalization activists were smashing windows and saying all manner of violent things? It's such passive-aggressive bullshit ... if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen.

    Posted by: Terry | Sep 17, 2009 12:55:00 PM

  3. To me, Nancy gets a little wack-a-doodle from time to time. But here she's actually pretty insightful.

    Posted by: kansastock | Sep 17, 2009 1:14:15 PM

  4. Yea, I guess people like Harvey Milk and JFK just couldn't stand the heat.

    People are showing up to rallies ARMED with loaded automatic weapons saying the "tree of liberty" needs to be watered.

    Sane Americans need to stand up and call out this intimidating bullsh*t for what it is.

    Posted by: Wes | Sep 17, 2009 1:24:06 PM

  5. @ Terry : Yeah, the guns at Presidential rallies are only the kitchen oven left on too long !......it doesn't mean they'll resort to violence and use them !........Earth calling Terry..............Hello.......

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 17, 2009 1:26:37 PM

  6. I think we have become to too ignorant as a country. It's not left or right, race or gender, it's just us as a whole. It's not like we stepped back in time; back in time would be marvelous, back to when people generally had manners and decorum.

    My parents were blue collar, barely high school educated, and they had so much more class and dignity than any... ANY of the absolute trash that you see parading incessantly through the media.

    I think Americans have just grown ignorant; too stupid to step back and figure out what is right and what is wrong and to learn from history. When I watched as every news broadcast repeatedly showed the swastikas and Hitler paraphernalia, going unchecked and unfiltered by "people who should know a lot better", I realized civility towards mankind is gone.

    I was embarrassed having to live through the Bush years. Now I realize, he was just the edge of the wave of ignorance.

    I laud Jimmy Carter for speaking up. We need more dialog of that nature; more people to stand up and say "Speak of the issues, not your beliefs".

    Posted by: Rad | Sep 17, 2009 1:51:40 PM

  7. Actually, back in time would not be marvelous.

    Carter himself said he has seen this country "come a long way." We shouldn't forget the great turmoil of our past, no matter how far we have left to go.

    Posted by: Wes | Sep 17, 2009 2:51:21 PM

  8. "And where was all the concern at the height of the Bush II years when anti-war and anti-globalization activists were smashing windows and saying all manner of violent things?"

    All manner of violent things? Really? I don't remember that, and it's not because I'm too young to. The anti-Bush rhetoric then and the anti-Obama rhetoric now are very different. (And hardcore leftists--minimal in number--never had fatcat populist hate-mongering cheerleaders like Hannity and Beck and Limbaugh.) The current rage--which is not the same as legitimate policy disagreement; there is that, too, and it's not at issue--is fueled by false beliefs that Obama cannot be the legitimate president, that he is in fact Hitler or the antichrist or a Muslim racist, and that the current government, if it is not stopped, will take away guns and put the devout in concentration camps.

    So people who honestly believe some version of this crap turn up at rallies with guns and racist slogans and anger that rises out of something much more visceral than political disagreement, as Pelosi correctly points out and as history should teach us. Anyone--no matter their political views, right or left--who thinks this is not a dangerous time isn't paying attention.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 17, 2009 5:52:41 PM

  9. Terry, in case you haven't been paying attention, people already are resorting to violence. Pick up a newspaper once in a while.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Sep 17, 2009 6:16:43 PM

  10. @Terry If you're gonna Troll, know your audience. The average Towleroad reader has actually read a newspaper or gotten their news at an outlet other than FOX over the last few years. Your version of history aint gonna fly with an educated crowd.

    Or my 6yr old niece.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Sep 17, 2009 6:55:24 PM

  11. To quote Saint Reagan, "you ain't seen nothin' yet!" Since the potential nomination of Barrack Obama, there has been an increase in state militias and white supremacist groups. We have state governors openly promoting secession and nullification once again. Gun and ammo sales have soared. I do remember some harsh rhetoric toward Bush, but nothing that compares to what is being hurled at this President. During both of Bush's Presidential campaigns, I don't remember anyone shouting "kill him" or the number of racial references used toward this President. I don't recall anyone showing up to Town halls and becoming rowdy and obnoxious, mainly because ALL of Bush's gatherings and GOP meetings are carefully screened. I can remember people with anti-war t-shirts being arrested by "Secret Service" agents at Bush rallies. Anyone disagreeing with Bush/Cheney/GOP policy were herded into "protest zones" blocks away. People bring loaded guns to Obama's speaking engagements and are not even detained. T-shirt= arrest, anti-Bush placard= ejection from the grounds but at Obama rallies loaded rifles and life threatening signs= polite questioning. None of the so called "left wing" or liberal media incited violence like Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity,et al do day after day, 24/7. McCain and Rove heightened political tensions to extraordinary levels. Palin excited the "low information" voter and ignorant. America is now a tinderbox of racial hatred and partisan politics and Limbaugh and company pour on more fuel with their calculated lies and innuendo on a daily basis. All it will take is a spark. maybe just a small incident to cause this hate to burst into flames. Good people have to start taking action now, before it's too late. People need to start challenging the licenses of radio and tv stations that continue to allow these demagogues to spew their hate speech and anti-government venom. Sponsors need to be contacted. These creeps are shouting fire at the top of their lungs in an overly crowded theater. I fear for this President's life and what would happen in the streets if he is attacked by some right wing, racist thug. I fear the lone wolf Terry McVeighs and our homegrown neo-confederate, neo-nazi militias more than I fear Bin Laden or Alquaida. Pelosi is right, we have reason to be worry about a violent upheaval. It's only a matter of time...

    Posted by: Bob R | Sep 17, 2009 7:34:31 PM

  12. Also Terry let's not forget that those people protesting Bush II were opposed to our slaughter of innocent Iraqi men, women and children in our "shock and awe" campaign. Let's not forget how anti-war protesters and anti-Bush protesters were forcibly removed from rallies and public forums, often times for just wearing an article of clothing expressing their beliefs in a non violent manner, they certainly weren't allowed to attend such functions with guns. The current crop of protesters are opposed to Obama wanting to bring quality health care within reach of all Anmericans and are advocating killing public officials. There is such a vast difference between the two I can only presume your post was some type of joke that fell flat.

    Posted by: jerry | Sep 17, 2009 7:50:10 PM

  13. pelosi is a hag. no two ways about it.

    Posted by: flucht17flu | Sep 17, 2009 9:28:17 PM

  14. I'm sorry, but this woman is like some SNL character to me.

    Both parties have presided over higher deficits and more war.

    Does being gay mean I have to buy the party line from from the Democrat party, or can I read info from both sides & make up my own mind?

    Posted by: DVDINORL | Sep 17, 2009 11:32:58 PM

  15. Of course being gay doesn't mean you have to buy the Dem party line. You are free to buy the Republican party line if you like: you are free to accept the belief that your life is worth less than a hetero life, that your rights as a citizen are not equal to those of a hetero citizen, that your service to your country is not wanted or valued as it would be if you were a hetero - yep, it's a free country so go be a Republican. Just don't go in the front door or expect to be welcomed.

    Posted by: ant | Sep 18, 2009 10:45:20 AM

  16. "Does being gay mean I have to buy the party line from from the Democrat party, or can I read info from both sides & make up my own mind?"

    It is quite possible to disagree with Democratic positions and with the way Obama is governing while also opposing the incoherent rage and violent rhetoric coming from far right crazies with loaded guns. But if you have to ask if you can make up your own mind perhaps such complexities of thought are beyond your capabilities.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 18, 2009 10:47:33 AM

  17. There is no shortage of uber mean-spirited, and violent, stuff coming out of the left.

    Extremists,whatever their ideologies, frequently promote violence with their actions and words. And just as frequently, it's totally innocent people who suffer. Of course, true believers and psychos don't actually believe anyone is innocent. If someone at random needs to be sacrificed for the 'greater good', so be it.

    Posted by: John | Sep 20, 2009 6:24:38 AM

  18. The people complaining about 'far right crazies', where were/are you when far left crazies do shit?

    I am not 'far right', nor 'crazy', but it's at best amusing when people who themselves, especially when they were out of power, acted out of control and very mean-spirited, whine when the tables are turned on them.

    Posted by: John | Sep 20, 2009 6:29:00 AM

  19. And in the United States people have a right to own firearms. I understand Europeans (Thank God! They caused 2 world wars and 100 million deaths!) are disarmed and only police and soldiers can own firearms in their country(s)......but this is not the case in the U.S......get used to it.

    Hey! get a firearm license, learn how to properly use a firearm, then the next time you get jumped, gay bashed, car-jacked, robbed, you'll actually have something to properly defend yourself with. Maybe even (God forbid) do damage to the bad person trying to hurt you.

    Posted by: John | Sep 20, 2009 6:36:28 AM

  20. Yes, clearly (sarcastic) Harvey Milk wasn't able to take the heat. The person who killed him wasn't nuts (also sarcastic). I will agree with one thing--nut jobs come from all walks of life.

    Here is some brilliant poetry from Donald Rumsfeld:

    The Unknown
    As we know,
    There are known knowns.
    There are things we know we know.
    We also know
    There are known unknowns.
    That is to say
    We know there are some things
    We do not know.
    But there are also unknown unknowns,
    The ones we don't know
    We don't know.

    —Feb. 12, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing

    Democratic or Republican, this is beautiful and artistic, isn't it? Good thing he was briefing the Dept. of Defense. Now, I have issues with many in Congress right now, but the sentiment running through this country right now is not the same as during Bush W.'s years. We should have had more talk and protesting just on some of his public speaking which often sounded like stand-up, not for me of course, but provided some laughs. Just see Bushisms on Youtube.com.

    We needed non-violent protest then. Violent protests, with their roots in racism or any 'ism do no good.

    Enjoy the freedom to speak and to listen.

    Posted by: Commentator | Mar 13, 2010 6:32:18 PM

  21. Harvey Bernard Milk was a HOMOLESTER who in 1964 committed statutory rape on a teenage boy. As far as I'm concerned, I don't mourn his death in 1978 by Dan White. Homos need to give up their filthy sex lives.

    Posted by: snowisfun | Jun 21, 2011 10:44:34 AM

  22. What an awful thing to say "snowisfun". You moron.

    Posted by: terryp | Sep 27, 2011 6:28:43 PM

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