Things quickly went off the rails at an event featuring former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The heckler interrupted Pelosi, who was speaking alongside economist Paul Krugman at The City University of New York’s Graduate Center — and accused her of having “a very bad obsession” with getting the United States into war.
“You know Pelosi, that’s a very good place for you, in the depths of hell,” the heckler began, and continued to shout over the booing crowd as security quickly surrounded him to remove him from the venue.
“For some reason, you have a very bad obsession of getting us into war. Hey, why is it that you did not admit that there were no WMDs in Iraq? You lied us into a war in Iraq. You got us to invade Afghanistan. Now over 90% of those people are impoverished and are dying,” he shouted. “Why don’t you tell the truth about Nordstream? You’re leaving millions of Germans without energy! You have a knack for getting us into war! People like you should be arrested. You are a war criminal!”
Pelosi said nothing, sitting calmly on the stage and waiting for the chaos to die down — but another heckler quickly picked up where the first had left off.
“Hey, Congresswoman! I came to see a warmonger, but you’re a sad old drunk. What happened?” the second protester asked. “When you went to Taiwan, were you looking for Ukraine? Did we blow up the Nordstream on accident or on purpose? Did you know about that?”
He continued to shout at her, calling her a “war criminal” as security moved to take him out as well. “How many people have died in your f***ing name? How many people have died because of Iraq?” he asked.
Once the second protester had been removed, a third stood up, and then a fourth — each criticizing Pelosi for provoking war