US senator John McCain yesterday lashed out at Turkey, calling for its ambassador’s expulsion after violence erupted between Turkish security personnel and demonstrators during a Washington visit by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America,” Senator McCain told MSNBC. “This kind of thing cannot go unresponded to diplomatically.”
He added that legal action could be pursued. “This isn’t Turkey. This isn’t a third world country.”
Mr broken-clock gets it right for once.
US officials expressed outrage after what they described as a “brutal attack” on Tuesday by Erdogan bodyguards on a small group of pro-Kurdish protesters who gathered on the US capital’s Embassy Row after Mr Erdogan met President Donald Trump at the White House.
The Turkish embassy yesterday released a statement on the violence. It made no mention of Turkish security personnel, and blamed the unrest on demonstrators supporting the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK.
“The demonstrators began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President,” the embassy said. “The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defence and one of them was seriously injured.”
Muslims are always the victims, no matter what the circumstances or the truth.
Senator McCain, who heads the Senate armed services committee, laid blame at the feet of Turkish officials.
“This is Erdogan’s security detail. Somebody told them to go out there and beat up on these peaceful demonstrators,” he said.
“I think it should have repercussions, including identifying these people and bringing charges. They violated American laws.”
Oh no, Trump might have violated some law, maybe — go after the American President instead.