While Sen. John Kerry‘s testified at his hearing to be confirmed for Secretary of State, an anti-war protestor interrupted the proceedings to protest American involvement in the Middle East. Following her being escorted out of the building, Sen. Kerry defused the tension by expressing respect for the heckler’s concerns.
As Kerry was finishing up his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this morning, an unidentified female emerged in the back of room, shouting about “friends dying in the Middle East,” asking “how many [dead] is enough?”
After she was escorted out of the room by Capitol police, Kerry turned back to the panel and said:
“When I first came to Washington and testified, I obviously was testifying as part of a group of people who came here to have their voices heard and that is, above all, what this place is about. So I respect, I think, the woman who was voicing her concerns about that part of the world and maybe some of you have traveled there. Senator McCain, you were just there. You were in a refugee camp. I know you heard this kind of thing.”
He concluded his testimony, pointedly saying: “People measure what we do.”
Watch below, via CNN:
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