John McCain doesn’t have any patience for hecklers.
Appearing at a rally Monday for Republican Senate candidate Jeff Flake, John McCain was interrupted when someone from the audience yelled at him, The Huffington Post reported.
McCain responded in a polite but firm manner.
“Ah, there they are,” he said as someone in the audience yelled something that could not be caught on video.
“It’s all right, it’s all right,” McCain told supporters. “That’s right. Listen, even here in this wonderful square, jerks are allowed. They’re allowed.”
But then John McCain showed off his angry side a bit.
“I want to tell you, ‘shut up,’ ” he added, sticking out his tongue. “Anyways — I’m too old to put up with jerks like you.”
John McCain has some experience with hecklers, though not always against him. During the 2008 election, some of his political rallies grew contentious after the addition of Sarah Palin to his ballot fired up GOP voters, with supporters calling out threats and slurs against Obama.
He’s also dealt with hecklers on the 2012 campaign trail too. As The Washington Times noted, John McCain dealt with a Memorial Day heckler in the same fashion, calling a man who interrupted his speech at a Mitt Romney rally a “jerk.”
Despite losing the 2008 election to Barack Obama, John McCain remains a valuable campaign tool for many candidates. In Arizona he has been active for Flake, who is trying to win the seat vacated by GOP Senator John Kyl. Despite being a onetime opponent to Romney in the 2008 Republican Primaries, McCain has also been a strong supporter of this year’s GOP candidate.