Code Pink demonstrators learned not to cross Senator John McCain on Thursday. The left-wing activist group drew ire from the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman when some of its supporters called for the arrest of Henry Kissinger, who was a witness at a committee hearing.
“Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes,” the protesters chanted as they held signs with the names of countries such as Chile, East Timor, and Cambodia. The stunt delayed the start of the hearing, which did not sit well with McCain, who took serious issue with Code Pink’s objections.
McCain took control of the situation, saying he has “never seen anything as disgraceful and outrageous and despicable as the last demonstration that just took place.”
“You’re going to have to shut up or I’ll have you arrested,” he said to the protesters, receiving scattered applause from the room. “Get out of here, you low-life scum.”
The protesters appeared to be escorted out of the room as McCain went on to apologize “profusely” to Kissinger on behalf of the entire committee for Code Pink’s conduct.