McCain to Code Pink Protestors: Get Out of Here You Low Life Scum

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Sen. John McCain tossed Code Pink protestors out of a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday morning, calling them “low life scum.”

McCain, the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was presiding over a hearing featuring former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright and George Shultz. When Kissinger arrived, about half a dozen protestors crowded around him, chanting “arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes!” again and again while brandishing a pair of handcuffs and signs calling him a war criminal.

McCain put the hearing on recess and asked Capitol Hill police to restore order. It took several minutes to remove the protestors from the room.

“I’d like to say to my colleagues and to our distinguished witnesses this morning that I have been a member of this committee for many years and I have never seen anything as disgraceful and outrageous and despicable as the last demonstration that just took place,” McCain said.

He was briefly interrupted by a protestor, and responded, “You’re going to have to shut up or I’m going to have you arrested.”

“Get out of here you low life scum,” McCain said to scattered applause as the protestors were escorted out of the hearing.

“Dr. Kissinger, I hope, on behalf of all of the members of this committee on both sides of the aisle, in fact from all of my colleagues, I’d like to apologize for allowing such disgraceful behavior towards a man who has served his country with the greatest distinction,” McCain said. “I apologize profusely.” 

James Arkin is a congressional reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at jarkin@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @JamesArkin.

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