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Beto O’Rourke condemns protesters who heckled Ted Cruz at a restaurant

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Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Beto O'Rourke shake hands after a debate this month in Dallas.
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Ted Cruz and Rep. Beto O’Rourke shake hands after a debate this
month in Dallas.

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  • Rep. Beto O’Rourke defended Sen. Ted Cruz after protesters
    forced Cruz and his wife, Heidi Cruz, out of a Washington, DC
    restaurant on Monday.
  • Protesters opposed to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the
    Supreme Court surrounded the senator, chanting, “We believe
    survivors” — a reference to the women who have accused Kavanaugh
    of sexual misconduct.
  • “The Cruz family should be treated with respect,” O’Rourke
    tweeted on Tuesday morning.

Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Texas Democrat mounting a formidable
challenge to Sen. Ted Cruz’s seat, came to the defense of his
opponent on Tuesday, condemning protesters who prompted Cruz and
his wife, Heidi Cruz, to leave a Washington, DC
restaurant
on Monday night.

“Not right that Senator Cruz and his wife Heidi were surrounded
and forced to leave a restaurant last night because of
protesters. The Cruz family should be treated with respect,”
O’Rourke tweeted
Tuesday morning
.

The protesters approached the senator and his wife with
questions about whether the Republican lawmaker would support
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, whose confirmation is in
jeopardy following two allegations of sexual misconduct.

“Cancel Kavanaugh — for women’s rights and for the rights of
every marginalized community,” one protester called out.

As the couple sat down at a table in the upscale restaurant,
protesters began chanting, “We believe survivors!” The senator
ignored questions about his Supreme Court vote and he and Heidi
exited the restaurant through a side door.

While Cruz, along with the majority of Republican lawmakers, has
staunchly supported Kavanaugh’s nomination, he conceded earlier
this month that the misconduct allegations are severe enough to
warrant attention.

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

Cruz is not the first Republican to face heckling while dining in
the Washington area. In June, Homeland Security secretary
Kirstjen Nielsen was
confronted at a Mexican restaurant
in the nation’s capital by
protesters critical of the
administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy
.

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

David Choi contributed to this report.

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