Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his wife, Heidi, were chased out of a Washington, D.C. restaurant by a group of people protesting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Cruz and his wife had just walked into Fiola, an upscale Italian restaurant near the Capitol, when they were approached by a small group of people chanting “We believe survivors.” Some demanded to know his position on Kavanaugh.
In a video posted to Twitter, one woman told Cruz that she was a constituent and a survivor of sexual assault. “I’d love to talk with you about Brett Kavanaugh tonight,” she says. “I’m a constituent. Love to know what your vote is going to be tonight. I know that you’re very close friends with Mr. Kavanaugh. And do you believe survivors, sir?”
After Cruz replied, “God bless you” and started to walk toward a table, the woman said: “There are now three people who have come forward and who have said that Brett Kavanaugh has attacked them. I know that you’re close friends with him. Did you talk to him about that? Did you talk to him about his position?”
BREAKING. Activists just chased @TedCruz out of a fancy Washington DC restaurant, chanting “We Believe Survivors!”
Cruz has been friends with creep Kavanaugh for 20 years. Now Cruz is on judiciary committee hearing his testimony.
— Smash Racism DC (@SmashRacismDC) September 25, 2018
Cruz and his wife took their seats and were surrounded by people who continued to chant “We believe survivors.” Soon after, the Cruzes gathered their belongings and walked out of the restaurant to cheers, CNN reported.
Kavanaugh’s nomination has been imperiled by two allegations of sexual assault in high school and college. The Republican Party and President Trump have doubled down on their nominee in recent days, insisting he will be voted on and confirmed by the Senate.
Michael Avenatti, attorney for Stormy Daniels, said yesterday that one of his clients will bring an additional allegation against Kavanaugh in the next few days.
Cruz’s challenger for his Senate seat, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), condemned the incident on Twitter. “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,” he tweeted.
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