Senator John McCain issued a blunt condemnation on Thursday regarding the attack on protesters in Washington, D.C. by Turkish security personnel.

“We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America,” McCain said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “This is the United States of America. This isn’t Turkey; this isn’t a third-world country; and this kind of thing cannot go unresponded to diplomatically.”

Host Joe Scarborough pointed out that “these are thugs linked directly to Erdogan,” and wondered, “What should the White House do at this point in condemning it, and what can you all do in the Senate?”

The Arizona Republican repeated his call to “throw the ambassador out,” and underlined that “it should have repercussions, including identifying these people and bringing charges against them. After all, they violated American laws.”

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