WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has kicked protesters out of a budget hearing, calling them “low-life scum.”
The upheaval came Thursday on Capitol Hill after members of an anti-war group calling itself Code Pink approached a witness table where former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright and George P. Shultz were testifying. The protesters carried signs calling the 91-year-old Kissinger a war criminal.
“Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes!” the protesters chanted.
McCain shot back, “Get out of here, you low-life scum.”
Capitol Police removed the protesters from the room.
“I’ve 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.
McCain told the protesters that they are going to have to shut up or he will have them arrested.
The hearing was the third in a series in which the Arizona Republican has called luminaries from the foreign policy world to share their experiences with lawmakers on the panel.
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