Activists chased U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife out of a restaurant while chanting “We believe survivors,” in reference to the sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a video posted Monday night shows.
A group called Smash Racism DC posted the video just after 9 p.m. and said it took place at a Washington, D.C., restaurant.
Cruz is on the Senate Judiciary Committee that will hear testimony Thursday from Kavanaugh and the woman who said he sexually assaulted her.
Likeability has never been Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s strong suit. Even his Republican colleagues strain to say nice things about his personality (and John Boehner, the former GOP House speaker from Ohio, once called him a “miserable son of a bitch”).
Even so, Cruz was heavily favored to win a second term as this political season started. And then along came Rep. Beto O’Rourke, picked by Democrats to oppose Cruz. And now the Texas race has gotten interesting ― in part because O’Rourke is just so damn likable.
Case in point ― after squaring off against Cruz in a debate Friday night, O’Rourke cruised over to a Whataburger outlet in the Dallas area for some grub. And as he navigated the drive-through, he blasted “Baba O’Riley” by The Who, which he believes “may be the best song ever written.”
By the way, Cruz sucks at this whole Twitter thing:
One of the candidates running for the United States Senate in Texas on Friday tweeted out a video of Beto O’Rourke speaking passionately about the murder of Botham Shem Jean in his home by a police officer and calling for justice. That candidate was Ted Cruz.
The Republican senator raised eyebrows after on Friday he posted a video on Twitter showing O’Rourke, his Democratic rival, speaking to a crowd about Jean’s murder. Jean, a 26-year-old black man, was killed by off-duty police officer Amber Guyger in his own apartment in Dallas on September 6 after she claims she mistakenly walked in, believing it was her home.
“In Beto O’Rourke’s own words,” Cruz tweeted, linking to a video of O’Rourke speaking at a Dallas church after the shooting, saying this:
How can it be, in this day and age, in this very year, in this community, that a young man, African American, in his own apartment is shot and killed by a police officer? And when we all want justice and the facts and the information to make an informed decision, what is released to the public? That he had a small amount of marijuana in his kitchen. How can that be just in this country? How can we continue to lose the lives of unarmed black men in the United States of America at the hands of white police officers? That is not justice. That is not us. That can and must change. Are you with me on this?
Desperate Ted is trying to spark racial tensions but all he did was make Beto’s most viral video viral again. By the way, here’s another Beto video going viral:
There are two things you should do right now. Go after Cruz and his GOP colleagues demanding Kavanaugh’s nomination be withdrawn. Here’s an e-mail I received from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee:
BREAKING: Horrifying new sexual assault allegations are surfacing about Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
THE NEW YORKER: Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, from BrettKavanaugh’s College Years
PHILADELPHIA ENQUIRER: As Brett Kavanaugh deals with second accuser, Michael Avenatti claims a third victim is ready to come forward
The New Yorker goes further, reporting that “Senior Republican staffers also learned of the allegation last week and…soon after, Senate Republicans issued renewed calls to accelerate the timing of a committee vote.”
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) is demanding that Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court be withdrawn.
URGENT! Sign the petition demanding that Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Orrin Hatch, and all the male Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee should follow Merkley's lead and say Kavanaugh should be withdrawn immediately. Click here to sign:
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P.S. If you are or someone you know is feeling triggered by the news this week is bringing, please seek assistance. Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. Both hotlines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The second thing to do is to keep Beto’s campaign well-fueled so he can pull the biggest surprise victory of the year. Click here to donate and get involved with Beto’s campaign.