Cruz (R-Texas) and his wife, Heidi, were preparing to be seated in the restaurant when a group of protesters entered the establishment and began yelling at them. The protesters confronted Cruz about his position over the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, but he declined to answer and soon exited.
“We believe survivors!” the group chanted in one clip, shared by the far-left group “Smash Racism DC.” According to the group’s Twitter page, it is affiliated with Antifa and also supports the movement to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Another video shows a woman pestering Cruz about whether he’d vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
“God bless you, ma’am,” Cruz said amid the shouts, as he got up to leave with his wife. “Excuse me, let my wife through,” he said as protesters attempted to physically block him from leaving.
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
The harassment follows a June incident in which Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was confronted by a loud group of far-left protesters at another Washington restaurant. A few days after that, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and her family were asked by management to leave a restaurant in Virginia. Also in June, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was driven out of a movie theater by a crowd of protesters.
The two women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct have been unable to provide any witnesses to the alleged incidents or any evidence placing him at the scene of the alleged incidents, but that hasn’t stopped people from automatically believing them.
Christine Ford has claimed Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party in 1982 when both were in high school in Maryland. Four people alleged to have been at the party have all denied the claim. Out of dozens of people contacted by reporters regarding the other alleged incident, none said they could help prove that what was alleged had actually occurred.
Cruz has been among the many Republicans stating they want to hear Ford, the principal accuser, testify. The hearing has been postponed multiple times in an effort to have her appear and tell her story. She is the only one from the alleged party to not give testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“These allegations are serious and deserve to be treated with respect,” Cruz said in a statement. “Professor Ford should have a full opportunity to tell her story before the Judiciary Committee, and Judge Kavanaugh should have a full opportunity to defend himself. That hearing should be sooner, rather than later, so the committee can make the best assessment possible of the allegations.”
Republican leaders have stood by Kavanaugh, with President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell both affirming their commitment to him earlier on Sept. 24.