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."