Ted Cruz tried to take his wife out to dinner at a Washington D.C. restaurant Monday night. The couple didn’t make it very far into their meal (see also: nowhere) because as soon as they walked towards a table, a group of protesters confronted them. The protesters asked about Cruz’s close relationship with Brett Kavanaugh and whether or not he believes the multiple women who have come forward accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
Cruz did not respond to any of the questions, but he did repeatedly tell the group “god bless you” as he and his wife packed up and left their table. The protesters began to chant “we believe survivors” while Ted and Heidi worked their way out. At one point Cruz did speak up to ask that people allow Heidi through. Most of the protesters stayed focused on Kavanaugh, but at least one spoke up about Cruz’s political opponent, Beto O’Rourke.
Through the chants about sexual assault survivors, a voice rings out and says:
“Beto is way hotter than you, dude.”
Staff of the restaurant, Fiola, quietly open the door and allow Ted and Heidi Cruz to leave, and the pair slipped off into the night. This protest comes on the heels of another protest held at Cruz’s offices in Texas. Video of the incident at the restaurant began circulating around Twitter, and people have mixed feelings about it.
Some are cheering the confrontational tactics.
If I was at an expensive restaurant with a front seat view of Ted Cruz getting protested I would have stood up and clapped. He supports a sexual predator and rapist who insulted his wife. We need to stop giving Ted a pass. Peaceful protest is good in a Democracy.
— HostAProtestParty (@HostProtestPrty) September 26, 2018
I luv it!!!! Bravo peeps bravo!!!!
— Steph Cheek (@StephanieLCheek) September 25, 2018
Womp womp Ted got some peaceful protesters chanting at dinner. What does he give refugees fleeing from abysmal conditions? He supports kids being taken away to foster care and treating refugees like prisoners of war. Ted can miss a meal.
— Lori (@LoriSums) September 26, 2018
It denies him and his wife the ability to take up public space without repercussions for their reprehensible behavior
— rancid cave slut (@walnu77y) September 26, 2018
Others, even those who aren’t fans of Ted Cruz, are condemning this type of action.
Don’t like the positions a lawmaker has taken? Work towards getting them voted out. This tactic is wrong and also counterproductive, not to mention the fact these protestors managed to do the impossible. They’ve turned TED CRUZ into a sympathetic figure. https://t.co/lsMoV4XdtM
— Ryan Gorman (@ryanegorman) September 25, 2018
This is complicated for me. I despise the man, like most of us, but I also feel like it isn’t right to harass a person in a public setting like this for things they do at work. There ARE exceptions, but I’m pretty sure people there mostly just wanted to mess with him.
— NotTheGreenGoblin (@TeamSymbiote) September 25, 2018
Yeah, and there are others dining there.
It looked kinda pricey, I feel bad for those who may have been there as a rare treat or for a special occasion.
There might be some conservatives who don’t like Cruz and may be willing to consider other options.
This won’t help Beto!
— Tracy Lou (@TracyLou3) September 26, 2018
While I’m no fan of #TedCruz by any stretch, this is really actually not helpful on many levels. Plus, you kinda made him a sympathetic figure in this video imho…but I did get over that quickly!
— Jerome Pionk (@pionksays) September 25, 2018
One of the more surprising voices to speak up in Cruz’s defense was his political opponent, Beto O’Rourke. Beto tweeted about the incident.
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
His followers seem decently divided on his stance.
True to Form. Always classy. Always the high road. ❤️#beto2018
— Laurie Baus (@lbaus715) September 25, 2018
— Zachary Elwood (@apokerplayer) September 26, 2018
First, I think you’re awesome. 2nd- I’ll personally make Ted Cruz dinner the minute he speaks out against internment camps for children. 10,000 plus of them, in the desert, near my home, and in Texas. Until he does, I hope he’s hounded out of every public space.
— Shannon Edwards (@ShannonEdwardsL) September 26, 2018
I just said the same. He is being treated the way he has treated us.
— Jemma Scout (@oneredsoprano) September 26, 2018
— An American Patriot (@Newsericks) September 26, 2018
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