Monday night, a group of Washington, D.C., activists let Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife, Heidi Cruz, know just how unhappy they were about the senator's strong support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Protesters surrounded the Cruzes at Fiola, an upscale Italian restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue near the U.S. Capitol. From video of the incident, it appears that the senator and his wife have already finished their meal.
"We believe survivors," the crowd chants, as Cruz, wearing a jacket, and his wife get up and leave the restaurant.
BREAKING. Activists just chased @TedCruz out of a fancy Washington DC restaurant, chanting “We Believe Survivors!”— Smash Racism DC (@SmashRacismDC) September 25, 2018
Cruz has been friends with creep Kavanaugh for 20 years. Now Cruz is on judiciary committee hearing his testimony.
Fascists not welcome! #CancelKavanugh pic.twitter.com/7mx6Tc32za
The fight over Kavanaugh's nomination has become one of the biggest issues in Cruz's re-election battle with U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke. Cruz is standing by his longtime friend despite allegations of sexual misconduct and assault against Kavanaugh, who denies them. O'Rourke believes Kavanaugh is not qualified to serve on the court.
During the protest, Cruz responds to taunts about O'Rourke being more attractive than he is and Kavanaugh being his "best friend."
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to the Observer's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Dallas's stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
"God bless you," Cruz repeatedly tells the protesters.
Tuesday morning, O'Rourke criticized the protests, saying that the Cruz family "deserves to be treated with respect."
Not right that Senator Cruz and his wife Heidi were surrounded and forced to leave a restaurant last night because of protesters. The Cruz family should be treated with respect.— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 25, 2018
The Cruz campaign has yet to comment on the incident.