Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, 91, attended an Armed Services Committee senate hearing on Jan. 29, but he was greeted with harsh criticism from protestors, CNN reported. Sen. John McCain, who is the chairman of the committee, slammed the protestors and said, "Get out of here, you low-life scum.”
Kissinger was secretary of state under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, from 1973 to 1977. Kissinger dealt extensively with foreign relations in Asia during the Vietnam War. Madeleine Albright and George Schultz, who also held the secretary of state office, were also present for the hearing, which touched on global security challenges.
A group of protestors held up signs that called Kissinger a “war criminal,” and chanted “arrest Kissinger for war crimes,” before they were escorted out by police.
"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.
"You know, you're going to have to shut up or I'm going have you arrested,” he said, before summoning police.
Members of the audience applauded when he added: "Get out of here you low-life scum.”
Later, two female protestors interrupted the hearing again. They shouted Kissinger "oversaw the slaughter in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, which led to the deaths of millions of people,” and displayed their palms, which had been painted red.
They were also escorted from the hearing.