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‘Beto is way hotter than you, dude’: Ted Cruz and his wife leave restaurant after being heckled

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  • Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and his wife were accosted at a
    restaurant in Washington, DC, on Monday night after several
    protestors criticized his support of Judge Brett
    Kavanaugh.
  • As Cruz and his wife Heidi began leaving the
    restaurant, hecklers chanted “we believe survivors,” in
    reference to the allegations of sexual misconduct against
    Kavanaugh.
  • Cruz described Kavanaugh as “unquestionably qualified”
    for the Supreme Court earlier in September, but he admitted on
    Friday that the recent allegations were severe enough to
    warrant a closer look.
  • “The allegations she’s raised are serious, and they
    deserve to be treated with respect,” Cruz said during a debate
    with Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke on Friday, in reference to
    Christine Blasey Ford’s claim.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and his wife were accosted at a restaurant
in Washington, DC, on Monday night after several protesters
criticized his support of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald
Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.

As Cruz and his wife, Heidi, began leaving the restaurant,
hecklers referred to the
sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh
and chanted
“we believe survivors.”

“Beto is way hotter than you, dude,” one of the hecklers said at
one point, in reference to Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke,
his opponent in the midterm elections.

“God bless you,” Cruz said.

“God bless you too,” a heckler shouted back.

Kavanaugh’s nomination has become a contentious issue after at
least two women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct
that they said happened in the 1980s. Kavanaugh categorically
denied the allegations and said he would testify to “defend my
integrity.”

Cruz, like the majority of Republican lawmakers, has supported
Kavanaugh’s nomination. Although Cruz described Kavanaugh as
“unquestionably qualified” during a Senate Judiciary Committee
hearing earlier in September, he admitted that the allegations
were severe enough to warrant a closer look.

“The allegations … are serious, and they deserve to be treated
with respect,” Cruz said during a debate with O’Rourke on Friday.

Voting for Kavanaugh’s confirmation was delayed after he and
Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist and professor who
accused him of sexually assaulting her at a house party during
high school, agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary
Committee’s hearing on Thursday.

Other senior Trump’s administration officials have been heckled
at public restaurants. In June, Homeland Security secretary
Kirstjen Nielsen was
confronted at a Mexican restaurant
in the nation’s capital by
protesters who criticized the
administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy
.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was denied
service at a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, because of her
work in the Trump administration.

Sanders wrote
about the owner of the Red Hen
restaurant after the incident:
“Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my
best to treat people, including those I disagree with,
respectfully and will continue to do so.”

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