Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife were heckled out of an upscale Washington, D.C. restaurant Monday night by protesters demanding he withdraw support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in light of the accusations of sexual misconduct made against the judge.
Video of the protesters’ action was posted online by Smash Racism DC. In it, the protesters can be heard chanting “We believe survivors.”
The activist Chelsea Manning also posted another angle on the protest:
Hilariously, at one point in the video, a protester tells Cruz to his face: “Beto is way hotter than you, dude.” Beto O’Rourke is the Democrat currently challenging Ted Cruz in the midterms in Texas, where the latest polling showed Cruz with a 4.5 point lead over O’Rourke.
Although Cruz made noise initially about not supporting Kavanaugh’s nomination, he put out a statement of support for Kavanaugh back in July and has been downright chummy during the confirmation process. During one hearing, Cruz interrupted Kavanaugh’s monologue about judicial impartiality to ask a hard-hitting question about coaching their daughters’ basketball teams. Cruz also slammed Democrats’ questioning of Kavanaugh as an attempt to “re-litigate the 2016 election, and just as importantly, working to begin litigating the 2020 presidential election,” according to PBS NewsHour.
Cruz is the latest in a series of politicians who have faced protests in restaurants and other public places this year. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have faced similar protests.
All of those officials besides Emanuel faced protests for their involvement in President Trump’s policy of separating immigrant families at the border. Emanuel, on the other hand, was targeted by local Black Lives Matter activists angry over his inaction on police violence. Now, with the protest against Cruz over Kavanaugh, the direct action tactic seems to be spreading and working—at least in making bad people feel very uncomfortable.