Karl Rove heckled as “terrorist!”, “war criminal!” during college speech

Heh. Former Bush official Karl Rove’s speech at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst was repeatedly interrupted the other day with cries of “war criminal” and “terrorist.”

Huffington Post adds a little more flavor to what happened to Karl Rover the other day:

Karl Rove ventured into hostile territory on Tuesday night, delivering a speech repeatedly interrupted by boisterous protesters at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

According to CBS 3, the demonstrations raged both inside the auditorium and out, and Rove had barely begun speaking before people began standing up and shouting Rove down with accusations that his guidance of former President George W. Bush on the Iraq War had led to countless American and Iraqi casualties.

Calls of “murderer” and “terrorist” rained down on Rove, while others held signs that read “war criminal.” Rove faced a similar confrontation by opponents in 2010, when demonstrators actually forced Rove to abandon a book signing in California.

Robert Rizzuto of The Republican reports that Rove lashed back at the protesters at least once on Tuesday, accusing them of being hypocritical with their criticism on Iraq, considering many Democrats voted for the invasion: “If you object to that, I want you to show up the next time Hillary Clinton comes here and tell her you disagree with her vote,” Rove yelled back as he completely lost his temper on stage. “It’s either that or you’re saying those people were hoodwinked and that’s an insult to those people including Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, and others.” Rove’s speech wrapped up after about 30 minutes, and a question-and-answer session followed.

Actually, Karl, ask Hillary how her vote for the Iraq war was received by Democrats when she ran for president in 2008 – not well.


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  • anigga

    rove is a fucking prick. he should be jailed as an enemy of the state

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adriaan-de-Leeuw/1034303101 Adriaan de Leeuw

    Further more, the Proposal before the vote also demanded that before the AUMF could be carried out in regards to Iraq the UN Security Council HAD to allow it, Now I remember hearing the UN Secretry General specifically make comment Just before the Invasion of Iraq tell the President of theUnited States that teh UNSecurity council had not voted to allow that invasion, hence the AUTHORISATION part of of the AUMF was in fact not Authorised!

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.hanson.56614 Robert Hanson

    Rove is my reason for quitting the republican party.

  • gdfrogsdong

    So Rove is okay with being a terrorist and war criminal as long as he had company? Fine. I can see putting all of them in prison, Hillary included, if her vote merits it, but her vote was far less serious than the deliberate lies told to Congress and the American people by Rove, Bush, Powell, Cheney, and others in order to push the country into a ruinous war. And then there’s the torture of suspects, the destruction of our civil liberties, in which Congress gleefully participated. I think Rove thinks we forgot, but I am not some young college student. I have been around for quite a while and I have watched this pendulum swing from freedom to oppression by our own government, and I have seen the disaster that it has brought and the greater, potential disaster looming. I am glad there are young people who realize what is going on, because the change we need is always fueled by the energy of the young.

  • I’m Long Lamp Posts and Rope

    With a better tie.

  • Vote For Scum!

    I’m not believing my eyes with your response…surely you left the off. Obama didn’t stop a war, he has switched from boots to drones. His refusal to make serious inroad on the deficit is killing the economy; budgets used to be mandatory back in the day. And the holocaust of healthcare is just getting started under this man, if you count his endless toil on the part of those who think Social Security recipients are eating too well. I won’t even go into his economic advisers which looked like he drove by the Home Depot parking lot on Wall Street and picked up any available hand that strolled up.

    Please don’t embarrass yourself like this…much safer to play the fool in your living room where the world won’t witness your colossal ignorance.

  • Angus

    He prolonged and expanded the war. He’s yet to stop any depression. And plenty of Americans are still languishing in our healthcare system and will continue to do so under his plan. Don’t apologize for this man.. he’s as big a criminal as Bush, Rove, et al.

  • Shanon White

    Ending the war, stopping a Great Depression, and trying to save American lives from the Holocaust of our health care system was kind of on the front burner before we prosecute people. Obama has to deal with criminals in power NOW before going after retired ones.

  • Shanon White

    Hillary did NOT vote to invade Iraq. She voted to authorize force IF there were WMDs which poaed an immediate danger OR there was involvement in the 911 attack. Read the resolution.

  • HeartlandLiberal

    Here, let me help out with an edit to correct your headline:

    “Karl Rove, terrorist, war criminal, heckled during college speech”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1355224588 Nicholas A Kocal

    And the war criminal former president is now a grandfather. Another thug in the criminal Bush family.

  • http://twitter.com/BillFromDover Bill from Dover

    So Hillary’s sin was to believe the lies fed to her by the likes of Karl and the rest of the Bush lackeys?

  • http://www.facebook.com/eve.condon Eve Wartenberg Condon

    What did Rove expect at such a liberal campus? However, I don’t think interrupting a public talk does your cause any good. They should have confronted him during Q&A and made him sweat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eve.condon Eve Wartenberg Condon

    I wrote to Pat Kennedy Jr. when we were ramping up for the Iraq War and he wrote back that things were different after 9-11 and we needed to support our president in whatever he did. You could have knocked me over with a feather when I opened that letter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eve.condon Eve Wartenberg Condon

    don’t forget the media’s complicity in beating the war drum. Whenever I hear people complain about the liberal media I think back to the shoddy, slanted “reporting” by major news sources who were trying to sell us that war.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    They weren’t in the least taken in by the lies—that’s just a convenient excuse. Anyone with a laptop figured it out even before it began.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Roger that.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Alongside Condaleezza Mussolini.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “who the hell thought it was a good idea to invite him to speak?” —–Someone with a sardonic sense of humor.

  • http://poodyheads.wordpress.com/ Papa Bear

    …from a lampost…

  • Jim Olson

    Well, *I* don’t plan to vote for Hillary if she does run.

  • Jim Olson

    Ah, gotta love my alma mater. Good on them.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Well, war criminal is perfectly apt, along with most of the Bush Administration’s top officials, including Shrub, Cheney, Yoo, Addington, Rumsfeld, Rice, Wolfowitz, and Rove, among many others.

    Rove could also have been brought up on treason charges for his part in the leaking of Valerie Plame’s identity.

    Definitely complicit in the murder of innocent civilians for a war that did not ever need to happen.

    What I’d like to know is who the hell thought it was a good idea to invite him to speak?

  • JozefAL

    Kind of funny how people’s memories can be so warped. I mean, you’d think that Hillary’s “war vote” would’ve kept Dems from urging/hoping she’d run for President in 2004. What changed between 2004 and 2008, I wonder? Oh yes. A black man from Illinois who was lucky enough to NOT have to actually cast a vote. (This is the same black man, by the way, who actually said that he would NOT criticize Dubya’s actions AFTER the war began. July 27, 2004, the gentleman from Illinois said, “there is not much difference between my position and George Bush’s position at
    this stage.” Additionally, just a day earlier, in an interview with the New York Times, the gentleman started off by DECLINING to criticize John Kerry’s vote–which was the SAME as Hillary Clinton’s–by admitting that he was “not privy to Senate intelligence reports,” following with “What would I
    have done? I don’t know. What I know is that from my vantage point the case was
    not made.” Just remember that “vantage point” was as an Illinois state senator from a pretty safe district.) Also, it should be remembered that, between Jan 2005 and Jan 2008 (when the Iowa caucus started), the voting records of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on ALL defense and Iraq-related issues was pretty much identical. What REALLY happened: Clinton Derangement Syndrome. (Combined with more than a few cases of DNC interference and open support of Obama. Remember how Obama who didn’t run in the Michigan primary managed to get the MAJORITY of the permitted delegates, even though Hillary actually WON that contest? Remember also how Clinton was urged to drop out of the race while everyone seemed to completely overlook Ted Kennedy’s 1980 race which went “to the convention” once he came out in favor of Obama? Remember all the folks who actually believed Hillary would switch parties in a fit of pique whereas she campaigned as hard for Obama as Obama did?)

  • http://www.tastythailand.com Reeves

    Nice to see good old Karl getting the ‘attention’ he deserves :)

  • mark_in_toronto

    Until Rove, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush are behind bars, war criminals in the U.S. will have free reign. The hypocrisy continues.

  • Hue-Man

    The Obama administration’s failure to prosecute admitted war criminals will be seen as a major failure of his 8 years (along with Gitmo) – it is a breakdown in the rule of law, it allows the war criminals to continue their propaganda attacks without any fear of prosecution, and gives a green light to future generations of torturers and murderers.

    Clinton isn’t the only one to be blamed – these same war criminals were re-elected by the American People in 2004 while their atrocities were on full public display.

  • nicho

    Everybody else did it is the five year old’s defense. Rove is a war criminal and worse. In a just world, his cloven hooves would be dancing as he swung at the end of a rope.

  • condew

    You take what little justice you can, when you can. Obama sure as hell isn’t going to prosecute him or any of the other traitors of the Bush administration.

  • condew

    The only thing I can say in defense of Dems who voted for the Iraq war is that Bush and Cheney lied to them just like they lied to Powell and the American citizens. I would hold Congress more accountable than the average citizen because they are political professionals and should not have been taken in by the lies, just as many American citizens were not fooled. Of course Congressional Republicans are the most despicable of all, they were the Bush administration’s cheering section, the mob that helped railroad everybody else into the war lest they be labeled unamerican.

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  • dula

    Well, he’s correct. This is why cowardly, complicit Dems make it so easy for Neocons to implement their agenda. They don’t act as an opposition party, and then can’t criticize later because they went along with it. It’s irrelevant anyway now that their agendas are nearly identical.

  • Houndentenor

    Hilary Clinton WAS hoodwinked by Rove and company which is why I didn’t vote for her in 2008. Besides, that has nothing to do with what he was accused of. Switching the blame doesn’t make you any less guilty. Good on these students. We can’t just let this go. Rove and company lied and demonized anyone who dared ask questions about the validity of their phony “evidence”. He’s a traitor and deserves to be treated like one.

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