“Get out of here you low-life scum,” McCain snapped at one point.
According to the AP, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) was left fuming mad after hecklers disrupted a congressional hearing on Thursday.
According to ABC News, the protesters, who were affiliated with the liberal activist group Code Pink, swarmed behind former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as he arrived for a Senate hearing on national security.
“Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes!” the protesters chanted, apparently upset at the Nixon administration official for his role in the Vietnam War.
McCain, a Vietnam veteran, had no understanding for their criticism.
“You’re going to have to shut up, or I’m going to have you arrested,” he told them.
McCain also apologized to Kissinger for allowing their “despicable” interruption to occur.
Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) spoke about the newly released CIA Torture Report on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon, decrying the use of harsh interrogation methods against detainees.
In light of reports about the CIA torturing detainees under a counterterrorism program authorized by President George W. Bush in the wake of the September 11th attacks in 2001, McCain noted that “even our enemies possess basic human rights.”
McCain even thanked Diane Feinstein for releasing the report.
“I know that victims of torture will offer intentionally misleading information if they think their captors will believe it. I know they will say whatever they think their torturers want them to say if they believe it will stop their suffering,” McCain said in his speech.
McCain also said, “We gave up much in the expectations that torture would make us safer! Too much.”