Dinosaur-clad crowds protest Rex Tillerson Senate hearing (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)
Protesters donning T-Rex costumes gathered outside confirmation hearings for US President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson.
Crowds gathered outside the hearing included a number of protesters dressed as dinosaurs – both a play on Tillerson’s name and his status as a “climate dinosaur.”
.@avtorres4 firing up the crowd outside Dirksen. The Senate must #rejectREX#Tillerson! #climate#ClimateActionpic.twitter.com/WMdcJcXI7N— Jack Miller (@politicalmiller) January 11, 2017
Tillerson’s nomination has stirred controversy and begged questions around how effectively the former head of the world’s largest oil company can transform himself into the top US diplomat.
Rex #Tillerson's hearing just started. There are people outside with a clear message for the Senate: #rejectREX! #ClimateAction#climatepic.twitter.com/SOc5SWavvm— Jack Miller (@politicalmiller) January 11, 2017
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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee put questions to Tillerson about his suitability for the role of secretary of state under Trump.
We won't allow our foreign policy to be in the hands of a climate dinosaur like Rex Tillerson. #rejectREX— 350 dot org (@350) January 11, 2017
About to start D.C. action. pic.twitter.com/0aWEAhZKcg
Marching to Congress to tell the Senate to #rejectREX! Rex Tillerson cannot be our next Sec of State. pic.twitter.com/xA8IhiXrsk— Jack Miller (@politicalmiller) January 11, 2017
Show me what democracy looks like— Jack Miller (@politicalmiller) January 11, 2017
This is what democracy looks like! Its time the Senate #rejectREX! #Tillersonpic.twitter.com/gXbzz7diAJ
Hashtags used to highlight the protests included #Rexxon, #RejectRex and #Exxonknew - which refers to Exxon’s alleged awareness of climate change as early as the 1970s.
Rex Tillerson starts his hearings today. For decades, Exxon put profits over the health of our planet & people. Tell the Senate: #rejectREXpic.twitter.com/JckmJq7OTS— Jack Miller (@politicalmiller) January 11, 2017
Demonstrators are calling on the Senate to #RejectRex because, in their words, “ExxonMobil has no place running US foreign policy.”
#ExxonMobil has no place running US foreign policy. The Senate must #rejectREX#Tillerson! pic.twitter.com/piyOhod6wi— Jack Miller (@politicalmiller) January 11, 2017
Rex Tillerson values: personal profit, ExxonMobil, more profit. No room for US. #SecretaryOfState#rejectREX— Jocelyn Dee (@jocelyn528) January 11, 2017
Inside the Tillerson hearing a woman disrupted proceedings by shouting, “My home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Senators, please stand up for me and our futures.”
"My home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy!" US ppl demonstrating leadership elected officials refuse to #rejectREXpic.twitter.com/llaXckLNXl— remmagolds (@regoldstein1203) January 11, 2017