“The recent threats of hate violence against members of Congress across the country and here in New York are vile and are truly disturbing. I call on the rest of the Republican leadership to stand up and condemn these attacks. The root of these threats is like poisonous venom that will continue to spread unless we continue our efforts to combat hate violence and other violence. The anti-black, anti- gay and anti-semetic language that was used in these threats was disgusting and reprehensible. When we hear threats of physical violence against anyone, a line has been crossed. Threats such as these since the vote on the Health Care Reform bill will not be tolerated in our neighborhoods.”