Anti-war activists affiliated with the group CODEPINK on Wednesday interrupted former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a speech in Tampa.
“You cannot be compassionate and kill people in the war of choice, the war on Iraq,” Retired Colonel Ann Wright stood up and shouted while Rice was speaking at a ONE/US Global Leadership coalition event. “I’m an Army Colonel, I am a former US diplomat, and these wars of choice that both the Republicans and the Democrats have had are terrible for our national security.”
About a minute later Rae Abileah, the co-director of CODEPINK, stood up and interrupted Rice again.
“The blood of Iraqi children is on your hands,” she shouted. “Thousands of young soldiers my age have lost their lives unnecessarily in a war based on Condoleezza Rice and the Bush administration’s lies. True patriotism does not look like illegal bombing and lying into war that kills innocent civilians.”
Both protesters were escorted out of the building by security personnel.
Interrupting speeches has become the protest of choice for CODEPINK, which was founded in 2002. Members of the activist group have interrupted speeches of members of the Bush and Obama administrations, including former Vice President Dick Cheney and White House counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan.
Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by CODEPINK, below:
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Democrats this week accused Republicans of withholding information after Rep. Andrew Lewis (R) tested positive for the virus.
"It's been a week, perhaps longer, that House Republican leadership knew that at least one of their members had tested positive for COVID-19," Sims explained in a Facebook post. "But they didn't go on quarantine until they were done serving alongside us, especially those of us that serve on the State Government Committee."
Video catches woman in Central Park falsely reporting ‘an African-American man threatening my life’
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Late Monday, Franklin Templeton announced that an "employee" had been put on leave after rumors circulated online the woman worked there.
The incident was said to occur between a man and a white woman over the Memorial Day weekend. Cell phone video shared on Twitter revealed a verbal confrontation as the woman was exercising her dog without a leash.
Mask-free customer berates Costco employee as he gets kicked out: ‘I woke up in a free country’
A man was caught on video berating a Costco employee after he was asked to leave the store because he refused to put on a mask.
The confrontation was said to occur at a Costco warehouse in Las Vegas.
In video shared on social media, the man can be heard telling the Costco employee that he has 3,000 Instagram followers.
"I work for Costco and I'm asking this member to put on a mask because that is our company policy," the employee states.
"I'm not doing it because I woke up in a free country," the customer replies.
At that point, the employee takes the customer's shopping cart.