SACRAMENTO (CBS13/AP) – A California state lawmaker was removed from the Senate floor after refusing to stop delivering a speech criticizing former Sen. Tom Hayden for his anti-war activism in Vietnam.

Democrats ordered the sergeant at arms to remove Republican Sen. Janet Nguyen of Fountain Valley on Thursday. Nguyen is a refugee from Vietnam and is highly critical of Hayden, who died recently and was honored on the Senate floor on Tuesday.

VIDEO: Sen. Nguyen Removed From Senate Floor

Nguyen stood and began her speech in Vietnamese before switching to English. Majority Leader Bill Monning of Carmel she was speaking out of order.

Her microphone was shut off, but she continued speaking as the presiding officer, Democratic Sen. Ricardo Lara, ordered that she stop. Lara eventually ordered that she be removed.

Republicans say they’re enraged that Nguyen was silenced.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

Comments (3)
  1. Jerry Cason says:

    she should know that Republicans are not allowed to speak in ca.only liberals can speak.but that will change soon.

    1. Kevin Perry says:

      Does, “SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP, SENATOR WARREN” ring any bells, Jerry Cason? It should but if it doesn’t, simply google it. And the only change coming soon here in California is it will only get BLUER and BLUER and BLUER. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

  2. Yes – funny it was fine for republicans to tell Senator Warren to “sit down and shut up” but you don’t like it when the roles are reversed. California will get Bluer and not soon enough.

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