Republican Senator John McCain Erupts And Calls Anti-War Protesters “Low-Life Scum”


During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday, committee chairman Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) flipped out on anti-war protesters from Code Pink and referred to them as “low-life scum.” The hearing was to address global security challenges and the committee had invited former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to speak. Kissinger has long been a target of anti-war demonstrators due to his actions during the Vietnam War.  The protesters showed up with signs and shouted directly at him.

Eventually, McCain interrupted and angrily shouted down the protesters, claiming that he’d never seen anything “as disgraceful” since he’s served on the committee.

“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. You know, you’re going to have to shut up or I’m going have you arrested…Get out of here you low-life scum!”

Below is video of the interaction, courtesy of C-SPAN:



On one hand, it is understandable that a chairman overseeing a hearing is going to angrily react to a demonstration interrupting the proceedings. Especially if protesters are verbally attacking a guest who was brought forth to speak at a hearing. Regardless of your thoughts on free speech and right to protest, in the end, nobody running a scheduled meeting wants to deal with people shouting and causing a scene. It is natural for a person to ask those who are interrupting to leave or be quiet.

Now, on the other hand, the manner in which McCain reacted continues to paint him as a man with legitimate anger issues who cannot stand those who protest against war. Calling anti-war protesters “low-life scum” and saying, per an official statement, that a small protest is the worst thing he’s seen during his time in Congress shows his mindset. In his statement, McCain tried to make it appear that he reacted with such hyperbole because he believed Kissinger was being physically threatened by the protesters. OK, Code Pink demonstrators in a public hearing were totally going to whale on a 91-year-old guy. Got it.

Some gave their reactions on Twitter over McCain’s outburst.



Regardless of your thoughts on Code Pink or the interrupting of Congressional hearings with protests, one thing is clear — McCain’s well-earned reputation as an unhinged, bitter, angry man remains intact.

23 Replies to “Republican Senator John McCain Erupts And Calls Anti-War Protesters “Low-Life Scum””

  1. How DARE those anti-war protesters stand between Big Oil’s insatiable thirst for oil-wars and McCain’s astronomical oil profits! Shame on them! [WINK]

  2. As a matter of fact yes. Freedom of speech only applies to neocon republicans. At least that is as far as neocon republicans are concerned.

  3. “Calm yourself Mets or I’ll have you shot,” McCain said while petting a fuzzy white kitty.

  4. Yikes! Like the grumpy ol’ man who yells: GET OFF MY LAWN! McCain has finally lived up to that image. ;)
    He did not react too well to that incident, I don’t think.

  5. Watching the ‘Peace Group’ Code Pink peacefully and totally non-violently publicly ‘expose’, call-out, shame, and confront Henry Kissinger, George Schultz, and many of the other war criminals, Wall Street crooks, murderers, treasonous political shills, and media whores of the Disguised Global Capitalist Empire, this “Empire of Chaos” (as Pepe Escobar calls it), this ‘Empire of the Global Elite’, and this highly integrated (but well hidden) six-sectored; corporate, financial, militarist, media/propaganda, extra-legal, and dual-party Vichy-political charade of the Global Empire, which has taken-over, ‘captured’ and now almost fully “Occupies” our former country as its nominal global HQ, more effectively than the earlier Nazi Empire ever dreamed of disguising its ‘capture’ and “Occupation” of France with the crude Rel 1.0 and only single party Vichy facade of government will NOT be able to hide anywhere on this earth when the Second American Revolution erupts and is even m…

  6. Anyone who seeks counsel from Kissinger is low life scum and yes that includes you to Hillary. This man was the dick before dick cheney

  7. John has a short memory because I’ve seen worse than code pink..But then when his people are disgusting it’s commonplace.

  8. I am a US citizen. I feel you were disgraceful. I feel sorry and embarrassed by you. I am so glad you never became my president after your outburst with those citizens with the Low-Life Scum. By the way, my son served 2 tours in Afghanistan. Just retire, you’re old and senile. Do your country a favor, retire. Your time has passed. You are not good for our country any more. Go home, just fade away like General MacArthur.

  9. Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin Responds To John McCain Calling Her ‘Low Life Scum’

    While McCain called us disgraceful, what is really disgraceful is the Senate calling in a tired old war criminal to testify about “Global Challenges and the U.S. National Security Strategy.” After horribly tragic failed wars, not just in Vietnam but over the last decade in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s time for the US leaders like John McCain to bring in fresh faces and fresh ideas. We owe it to the next generation that will be cleaning up the bloody legacy left behind by Kissinger for years to come.

  10. McCain is the low life scum. Anyone who wants to start a world war like McCain does is a dangerous warmongering madman

  11. He should have been hung years ago along with everyone that has murdered in the name of war. I am talking about BOTH of them and everyone that ever lied to get us in a war with Irag. That wasn’t a war. It has been a slaughter. Look at the number of dead and maimed. Then look at the trillions of dollars that was passed around in the name of “defending” America. Just like all the wars Israel wages against their neighbours. The numbers tell more of the real truth than lying greedy crooks?n

  12. Someone needs to play the tape of McCain screaming “Bitch” and other names at the sister of a pilot missing in VietNam. A released POW told her that he had seen her brother and he was alive. McCain did not want any more searches for missing servicemen.The woman TRIED to give her opinion, and he exploded. The language was disgusting, little Lumpy Johnny stormed out of the hearing, screaming obscenities. It needs to be played again. The “low life scum” are also known as “constituents” a fact he seems to ignore.

  13. You people can attack John McCain all you want and i digress with John McCain on any issue but you left wingers and blame [snipped] don’t understand that John McCain is a Honorable man who served his country and would not leave a prison camp in Vietnam until all his fellow solders would come . Their is no moral equivalence between what the brutal communist ideology does and what our government did in the name of communism even thought it was a stupid war.

  14. As soon as I hear or read the words “you people, I’m no longer interested in what else that person has to say.

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