If Ted Cruz thought his Monday night time dinner was going to be quiet, uninterrupted affair, he thought mistaken.
The Texas senator was pressured to depart a restaurant in Washington D.C., in a scene all too acquainted to Division of Homeland Safety secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Protesters entered Fiola, an upscale Italian restaurant, seemingly against Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and heckled Cruz and his spouse.
Apparently an “previous good friend” of Kavanaugh’s, Cruz sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee who will determine his destiny as a Supreme Courtroom nominee.
Kavanaugh is going through a number of accusations of sexual assault and misconduct, which prompted organizations to run a nationwide walkout on Monday in solidarity with survivors.
In a video posted on Monday night time by Smash Racism DC, the group of activists could be heard chanting the phrases, “we imagine survivors,” referring to individuals who have skilled sexual abuse.
BREAKING. Activists simply chased @TedCruz out of a flowery Washington DC restaurant, chanting “We Consider Survivors!”
Cruz has been associates with creep Kavanaugh for 20 years. Now Cruz is on judiciary committee listening to his testimony.
— Smash Racism DC (@SmashRacismDC) September 25, 2018
“Whereas our interruption doesn’t examine in scale to the interruptions his actions as a Senator have had on thousands and thousands of American lives, we hope that it reminds Cruz and others like him that they aren’t secure from the individuals they’ve harm,” Smash Racism DC wrote in a tweet.
“This can be a message to Ted Cruz, [Brett] Kavanaugh, Donald Trump and the remainder of the racist, sexist, transphobic, and homophobic right-wing scum: You aren’t secure. We’ll discover you. We’ll expose you. We’ll take from you the peace you have got taken from so many others.”
In one other video posted by the identical Twitter account, a girl who describes herself as a survivor of sexual assault and a constituent of Cruz’s asks him: “Do you imagine in survivors? We imagine survivors. Senator, I’ve a proper to know what your place is on Brett Kavanaugh.”
Cruz’s dinner wasn’t the one website of protest, both. NBC affiliate KXAN reported that survivors of sexual assault had protested outdoors Cruz’s workplace on Monday, in assist of Kavanaugh accusers Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.
Kavanaugh’s nomination was initially opposed by Cruz, though many together with the Texas Tribune have famous his altering perspective.
Cruz was additionally the committee member who steered Ford testify in public.
“These allegations are severe and should be handled with respect,” Cruz mentioned in an announcement, revealed by the Tribune.
“Professor Ford ought to have a full alternative to inform her story earlier than the Judiciary Committee, and Decide Kavanaugh ought to have a full alternative to defend himself. That listening to needs to be sooner, reasonably than later, so the committee could make the most effective evaluation potential of the allegations.”
Ford will testify in opposition to Kavanaugh in an open listening to on Thursday, CNN stories.