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NY GOP Demands Dem Governor Apologize For Fanning ‘The Flames Of Hate’ Ahead Of Attempt On Lee Zeldin’s Life

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The chairman of the New York State Republican Party demanded Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul apologize for fanning “the flames of hate” in the wake of a Thursday attack on New York Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin.

A man reportedly tried to stab Rep. Zeldin during a campaign event Thursday before being restrained by attendees at the event. Hochul’s campaign had sent out an email earlier Thursday that described the date and time of some of Zeldin’s events, according to NY1 reporter Zack Fink, saying that the events would feature “top anti-abortion activists, NRA enthusiasts and a cast of extremist groups.”

“It’s not a coincidence that just hours earlier, Kathy Hochul fanned the flames of hate by directing her supporters to his rally schedule,” New York GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy said in a statement released hours after the attack. “This is unacceptable conduct for anyone, let alone a sitting governor. It’s not enough to condemn the attack, she must apologize and tone down her hateful rhetoric immediately.” (RELATED: ‘Props, Politics And Power’: Rep. Zeldin Says Democratic Election Plan Is To Call Republicans ‘White Supremacists, Extremists, Nazis’ Every Two Years)

Hochul later condemned the attack in a post on Twitter.

“My team has informed me about the incident at Lee Zeldin’s campaign event tonight,” Hochul said in the wake of the attack. “Relieved to hear that Congressman Zeldin was not injured and that the suspect is in custody. I condemn this violent behavior in the strongest terms possible — it has no place in New York.”

“Governor, you seemed to suggest there should have been vigilante violence by inaccurately describing that campaign event as filled with ‘far-right extremists,’” journalist Andy Ngo posted on Twitter. “That is the same language and dog whistle used by Antifa militants to urge comrades to injure or kill targets.”

The suspect in the attack on Zeldin was released from jail Friday morning. Conservatives reacted harshly to the attack on social media.

“You emailed a schedule to your lunatic supporters of where he’d be,” Robby Starbuck, a candidate for the Republican nomination for Tennessee’s Fifth Congressional District, tweeted. “Don’t you pretend to care about @leezeldin now!”

“Does @KathyHochul bear any responsibility for the attack on @LeeZeldin?” Stefan Mychajliw asked in a Twitter post. “Lunatic tried to stab the @NewYorkGOP gubernatorial candidate. Hochul released his schedule. Then he’s attacked. If a Republican did the same media would blame them for the bloodshed and demand they drop out.”

Hochul and the New York State Republican Party did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

“The Capitol Police have been in touch with our office regarding last night’s attack. Due to New York’s insane cashless bail law, this violent attacker was released from custody on his own recognizance almost immediately,” Zeldin’s office told the DCNF.

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