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Karl Rove battles protesters at Beverly Hills book-signing

March 30, 2010 |  7:16 am

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Antiwar protesters crashed a Beverly Hills book-signing by former Bush White House figure Karl Rove, creating a chaotic scene that ended the event early.

A group of protesters arrived at the Saban Theatre, where Rove was signing "Courage and Consequences: My Life As a Conservative In The Fight" to an audience of about 100 people.

The incident was captured on tape by CBS 2 News. The video shows protesters coming up to Rove, calling him a war criminal, among other things.

But Rove fought back. "With all due respect, this goes to show the totalitarianism of the left. They don't believe in dialogue, they don't believe in the 1st Amendment," he told the crowd."

At one point, Rove told a protester, "Get the heck out of here.... This man is a lunatic."

Rove was eventually forced to leave the stage, and those who came to hear him speak did not get their books signed.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Karl Rove. Credit: Associated Press

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