Karl Rove Shouted Down And Forced Off Stage In Beverly HillsPosted: Tuesday, 30 March 2010 6:00AM
|BEVERLY HILLS (CBS) -- About 100 fans came out to hear Karl Rove at the
Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills Monday night to discuss his book "Courage
and Consequences: My Life As a Conservative In The Fight," -- but the
fight wasn't contained to his book.
Anti-war protesters came out, some rushing the stage, to call Rove a
"war criminal" and worse.
The fans came to get their books signed, but they never got that chance.
One woman, the co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, approached
him with handcuffs and said she was there to make a citizen's arrest.
Jodie Evans charged him with "outing a CIA agent...you lied to take us
to war..." and "totally ruining the country."
KCAL 9's Dave Bryan was there and said Rove "was shouted down and forced
to leave the stage."
Another woman screamed at Rove, "The only comfort I take is
that...you're going to rot in hell."
Rove, meanwhile, charged that the people shouting him down were an
example of the "totalitarianism of the left...they don't believe in
dialog...they don't believe in courtesy. They don't believe in first
Amendment rights for anyone but themselves."
There were several heated exchanges between Rove and his critics before
he decided he had enough and he left the stage.
He called one detractor a "lunatic." He told several others repeatedly
to "get the heck out of here."
Bryan reported that security was apparently lacking and Rove was "left
to fend for himself."
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