by Walter Brasch
The Republican leadership, after several hours of official silence, apologized for racist and anti-gay comments made by some citizens, Saturday, against Democrats who supported the health care bill.
Anti-reform demonstrators at the nation's capitol had yelled racial slurs against three Black congressmen, including Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who had marched with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One demonstrator spit at Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.). Several protestors yelled anti-gay slurs at Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) "I heard people saying things today that I have not heard since March 15, 1960, when I was marching to try to get off the back of the bus," Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) told reporters at the Capitol.