Nancy Pelosi became visibly emotional as she warned of violence due to the hate-filled rhetoric she has been witnessing over the fast several weeks, as it reminded her of the late 1970's when she witnessed the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.
"I think we all have to take responsibility for our actions and our words. We are a free country and this balance between freedom and safety is one that we have to carefully balance," she said.
"I saw," she added, choking up, "I saw this myself in the late seventies in San Francisco. This kind of rhetoric was very frightening and it gave--it created a climate in which violence took place."
Milk was the first openly gay elected official in California and was shot by former supervisor and arch-conservative Dan White.