Being a politician is far from being an easy ride but some politicians make it easier than others to get on with their work. Senator John McCain has certainly made it more difficult for himself after he lashed out at protestors with a very public demonstration of him losing his temper.
Demonstrators who were calling for the arrest of Henry Kissinger at the Senate Armed Forces Committee hearing were given a dressing down by U.S Senator John McCain who some may say should have known better than to shout abuse at protestors.
Senator McCain was heard to shout “Get out of here, you low-life scum” at the demonstrators leading to him becoming the focus of the day and not the hearing at all.
According to a report by Reuters, the protesters, from the Code Pink anti-war group, drew the ire of the Arizona Republican who chairs the committee after some of them approached Kissinger as he took his seat at a hearing on global security.
Reuters said that some members of the group held up handcuffs and anti-Kissinger signs and called for his arrest for “war crimes.”
Speaking at the hearing after the incident John McCain said: “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 then added that he would have Capitol Police arrest the protesters if they did not “shut up.” He then told them: “Get out of here, you low-life scum.”
Following the incident involving the demonstrators, John McCain made a statement in defence of Kissinger who was the secretary of state from 1973-1977 under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
John McCain justified his actions by saying: “No American citizen testifying before the U.S. Congress should be subjected to such treatment, particularly not a 91-year-old former secretary of State who has served our nation with great honour and distinction.”
In retaliation to the criticism from John McCain a statement was released by the Code Pink group who claimed that they had been attempting to make a “citizens arrest” of Kissinger and were “really proud of our action in the Senate today.”
The Code Pink group said that their “arrest warrant” denounced Kissinger “for complicity in the bombings in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos; the overthrow of the Allende government in Chile and the Indonesian invasion of East Timor.”