A 10-minute protest erupted Friday afternoon shortly after former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld took the stage at the Truman Library Auditorium.

A 10-minute protest erupted Friday afternoon shortly after former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld took the stage at the Truman Library Auditorium.


Opponents called Rumsfeld a “war criminal” while several Rumsfeld supporters also stood up and asked the protesters to remove themselves so Rumsfeld could speak. The argument began after the event’s moderator, Kansas City Star political reporter and radio host Steve Kraske, asked his first question.


Truman Library security officials removed the protesters from the auditorium. Rumsfeld’s speaking engagements are known to draw protesters, including those from the Occupy movement.


“I don’t make a lot of it,” Rumsfeld said when Kraske asked how the protests affect him.


During the 90-minute event that was free and open to the public, Rumsfeld also addressed the concerns of weapons of mass destruction during Saddam Hussein’s regime, the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib by U.S. military personnel and rebuilding America’s image following the Iraq War.


Read more about Rumsfeld’s visit in Saturday’s edition of The Examiner.