U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and leader of the push to impeach President Donald Trump was fiercely booed and shouted down in his home state of California on Saturday.
Schiff was appearing at the Glendale Central Library at an event meant to thank the House of Representatives for passing a resolution affirming its recognition of the Armenian genocide.
As the Democrat began speaking, two pro-Trump members of the audience silently held up signs reading, “Don’t Impeach.”
The pair was asked two take down their signs, and when they refused, a dozen others began screaming at Schiff: “Liar! Liar! Liar!”
Adam Schiff Booed by Anti-Impeachment Protesters in California!pic.twitter.com/2SVt79q5em
— Lawyerforlaws (@lawyer4laws) December 15, 2019
The Los Angeles Times reported: “When some in the audience asked them to refrain from yelling, scuffles broke out throughout the room. The audience members who were yelling at Schiff removed their jackets, revealing shirts supporting Trump. After about 15 minutes, the scuffles settled down, and the event continued.”
Three local police officers were at the event to del with the ruckus, and no injuries were reported.
Braking: Trump supporters disrupt event by Armenian National Committee thanking U.S. House of Reprsentatives for passing a resolution affirming its recognition of the Armenian Genocide, in Glendale w @RepAdamSchiff Scuffles broke out for about 15 minutes. @GlendaleNP @latimes pic.twitter.com/4NonoCL4AS
— Raul Roa (@raulroa) December 15, 2019
In the aftermath of the mayhem, Schiff issued a statement saying: “I was grateful for the opportunity to share in the community’s celebration of the historic passage of the Armenian Genocide resolution in both the House and Senate, and thankful for the recognition of the efforts of so many people who made this day possible.”
“Unfortunately, some came to the event with the intent to disrupt, but the Armenian community has had to overcome far greater challenges along the road to recognition than to be deterred by a few angry voices.”
A statement from the Armenian National Committee organizing the event noted: “While, as Americans, we value our right to freedom of speech, today’s actions by a select few were designed to disrupt an event that had no connection to recent political divisions and disrespected the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.”
From 1915 to 1923, more than 1.5 million Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians were slaughtered under the Ottoman Empire, which is now known as Turkey.
Regarding the shout-down of Schiff, Victor Rental of BizPacReview noted: