Texas Sen. Ted Cruz became the latest Republican figure to get drummed out of a D.C. restaurant after activists angered by his endorsement of controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh surrounded Cruz and his wife inside the Italian restaurant Fiola chanting “We believe survivors.”
Video of the confrontation, posted to Twitter by the activist group Smash Racism DC, shows the couple being confronted by a woman who identifies herself as a constituent and wants to know about Cruz’s stance on Kavanaugh, who faces allegations of sexually assaulting a high school peer in Maryland and a fellow student when he was at Yale University.
"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?"
Another clip then shows the couple gathering their belongings and making their way through the protesters – at least one of whom is flipping the bird. Cheers break out as they leave the restaurant.
One of the protesters can be heard off-camera unfavorably comparing Cruz to his election opponent: “Beto is way hotter than you, dude.”
Cruz released a statement of support for Kavanaugh in July, and has attacked the scrutiny of the embattled nominee as an attempt to “re-litigate the 2016 election.”
The incident makes Cruz just the latest Republican figure to face angry protests in restaurants in recent months.
In June, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was run out of a D.C. Mexican restaurant as other diners applauded. Also that month, White House Senior Adviser Stephen Miller was called a "facist" by a fellow patron at another Mexican restaurant in D.C., and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia eatery by the establishment’s co-owner, who objected to her politics.
In July, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was followed by chanting protesters from a restaurant to his car, and former EPA Director Scott Pruitt was confronted in a D.C. restaurant by a mom with a toddler who told him, "Hi, I just wanted to urge you to resign because of what you’re doing to the environment and our country.”
The actions of the protesters created a splash on Twitter, drawing many expressions of support. Others saw it as a new low. “Forcing people you don’t like out of restaurants, especially when they’re with their spouse, doesn’t solve any problems. It makes everything worse,” wrote Ari Fleischer, former press secretary to President George W. Bush.
Cover: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, walks to the Senate floor for a vote after a meeting in Majority Leader McConnell's office in the Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)