Of course he shouldn’t apologise, they are scum

There are calls for John McCain to apologise for calling some protestors scum.

He’s not having a bar of it, presumably because they are…scum.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says he has no regrets for calling protesters “scum” after they interrupted a hearing on Thursday.

“No, because they are that,” McCain told Fox News’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” hours after he exploded at the protesters. “Anybody who would do that kind of behavior is guilty of it. It was terribly upsetting to me.”
The protesters from the group Code Pink were calling for former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to be prosecuted for war crimes related to the Vietnam War and other issues. Kissinger was testifying at McCain’s panel.

McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told them “Get out of here, you low-life scum,” as they were escorted out.

He told Cavuto the protesters had threatened to harm Kissinger.  

“Frankly, when someone does almost physically threaten someone, I do believe they should be arrested,” he added. “If they want to demonstrate and be thrown out, that’s one thing, I don’t like it, but I have never objected to it, but what they almost did to Dr. Kissinger is beyond the realm of decent behavior in my view.”

McCain said his staff had to run out of the room to get additional Capitol Police officers. He said in a statement that protestors had been “waving handcuffs within inches of his head.”

“I have spoken to the chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and the U.S. Capitol Police, and expect that those responsible will be held fully accountable for their actions,” he added in the statement.

McCain stressed the line between peaceful protests and threats.

“They can say anything they want to,” he said in the Fox interview. “And yet when people physically threaten an individual, that’s not what America is supposed to be all about, that’s not what our laws are about and that’s certainly not the way that the United States Senate should have the ability to conduct a hearing so that we can inform the American people.”

Good on him standing his ground.

These days if you say almost anything there are instant demands for apologies, but in many instances including this one the comments are warranted and good to see McCain isn’t backing down.


– The Hill


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  • intelligentes candida diva

    The man has a back bone standing by his words I like that

  • Cadwallader

    I heard this on the radio. If he had delivered like he did here he may have been President.

    • papagaya

      Thank God he wasn’t. Have you heard Sarah Palin lately? Batsh*t crazy.


    To be honest Kissinger is also a piece of scum that does need to be held to account for what he did…

    • papagaya

      Thank you! I fully agree.

  • taurangaruru

    McCain, not dependent on the State to keep him in the lifestyle he has become accustomed to i.e. he does not need to gorge at the trough of taxpayers money. Therefore he can stand his ground, express his opinion, be true to himself & tell those that don’t like it to naff off. Pity our politicians cannot bring themselves to do similar. All these weak as pee hand wringing whingers getting offended at something someone says, demanding apologies & resignations. It is no wonder we get nothing done in terms of bettering NZ.

  • Debs.nz

    Glorious to watch! Not to keen on McCain to be honest, but that was absolutely appropriate. The question should be asked. How were they allowed to get so close to Kissinger in this day and age? No matter what opinion of him, he is an elderly man. Took a while before ‘police’ arrived.

  • Ulysses Swanson

    politics aside, isn’t scum a fantastic word? certainly one of my favourites, I use it all the time – usually when watching the news.

  • Pahtrisha

    McCain brought the world Sarah Palin and that should never be forgotten. I rather like the man but he is well past his use by date. He has a fantastic roof garden so one shouldn’t judge him too harshly. He was blind sided by GW Bush and I often wonder what the world would have been like if McCain had been President in 2001…when he still had all his faculties.

    • Mark

      There is plenty I don’t like about his politics,but he is a stone cold Hero to me.He has truly earnt the right to his choices & protected mine.

  • waldopepper

    ive always admired mccain, for no reason other than he was tortured mercilessly for years by the vietcong. he was a senators son (or similar) and wghen captured a deal was brokered and he was offered the chance to go home, however he declined unless his men were to be released with him. he remained a captive with them for something like 4 years, enduring the most awful inhumanity and tortur. he cant raise his arms up in the air above his shoulder line due to it i gather. republican or democrat, i couldnt care less. the guys a trooper and is to be admired. we dont seem to be making people like this any more do we.