Ted Cruz and His Wife Leave D.C. Restaurant After Being Heckled by Protesters for Support of Kavanaugh

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife left a restaurant in Washington, D.C., Monday night after activists began shouting about allegations of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Videos posted online by a Washington, D.C.-based activist group called Smash Racism DC showed a group of protesters confronting Cruz and his wife, Heidi, at a restaurant, chanting “we believe survivors.” One video showed an activist, who identified herself as a survivor of sexual assault and a constituent of his, asking Cruz directly about Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by two women, which he denies.

“I know that you’re very close friends with Mr. Kavanaugh,” the activist says in the video. “And do you believe survivors, sir?”

As the couple sits down at a table at the restaurant, the activist continues: “Senator, I have a right to know what your position is on Brett Kavanaugh.”

Cruz responds: “God bless you, ma’am.”

The protester then asks Cruz to speak with Kavanaugh about the accusations made against the nominee. Moments later, Cruz and his wife put on their jackets, and walk through the crowd of heckling protesters toward the exit. One protester yells, “Vote no on Kavanaugh,” and another raises her middle finger at Cruz as he walks toward the exit.

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SOURCE: TIME, Jennifer Calfas