McCain to protesters: ‘Get out of here, you low-life scum’
WASHINGTON — US 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.
McCain blurted out, “Get out of here, you low-life scum.”
Capitol Police removed the protesters from the room.
The hearing was the third in a series in which McCain, the unsuccessful 2008 Republican presidential candidate, has called luminaries from the foreign policy world to share their experiences with lawmakers on the panel.