Karl Rove Called “War Criminal” at Book Signing

Brian Montopoli, CBS News, March 30, 2010

Karl Rove, the former chief of staff to President George W. Bush, held a discussion Monday night in Beverly Hills, California to promote his new book, “Courage and Consequences.” {snip}

As CBS2 reports, one antiwar protester deemed Rove a “war criminal,” while the co-founder of the group Code Pink, Jodie Evans, showed up with a pair of handcuffs and announced that she was planning to make a citizen’s arrest. {snip}

At one point, Rove was reportedly “shouted down and forced to leave the stage.” {snip}

Rove, who appeared without security, countered that the behavior of the protesters was evidence of the “totalitarianism of the left.”

“They don’t believe in first Amendment rights for anyone but themselves,” said Rove, calling one protester a “lunatic” and demanding that another “get the heck out of here.” Organizers tried to keep the protesters under control, but order was never fully restored at the event, which cost attendees $40.

Rove ultimately decided to skip the book signing portion of the program. {snip}

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