Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and President Barack Obama’s plans to combat the group. However, before getting into his remarks, he took a moment to address the pink-clad members of the peace group, CODEPINK, because they were in the room holding up pink signs with antiwar messages and greeted him with chants and words of protest as he entered and sat down at the witness table.
“As I came in here, obviously, we had some folks who spoke out, and I would start by saying that I understand dissent. I’ve lived it. That’s how I first testified in front of this country in 1971. I spent two years protesting a policy so I respect the right of CODEPINK to protest and use that right,” Kerry said.