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article imagePelosi expresses emotional concern over political rhetoric

By Michael Krebs     Sep 18, 2009 in Politics
In an emotional commentary, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed a choked-up concern over the prospect of pointed political rhetoric turning to violence.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is concerned about extremist political rhetoric and the violence that it may inspire. Citing the Harvey Milk assassination of the 1970's, Pelosi said that she has seen this phenomenon before.
"I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw ... I saw this myself in the late '70s in San Francisco," Pelosi said.
Her comments came just days after former President Jimmy Carter cited racism as a core motivation behind criticism of President Obama and his policies - and equated South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson's outburst of "You lie" at Obama's congressional address to a racist event.
Pelosi's emotional appeal did not escape the attention of the far-right, with conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh labeling her performance as "tears of a clown."
"And so I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made, understanding that some of the people -- the ears it is falling on are not as balanced as the person making the statement might assume," Pelosi cautioned.
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