On Sept. 24, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was publicly ridiculed and harassed for his support of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Cruz, who’s in the middle of a campaign against Democrat Beto O’Rourke, was at an Italian restaurant in Washington with his wife. Protesters learned of his whereabout and confronted the senator demanding to know his position on Kavanaugh, who is in the middle of an investigation into sexual assault allegations.
Senator Ted Cruz and his wife were confronted Monday by protesters chanting “We believe survivors.”
— USA TODAY Video (@usatodayvideo) September 25, 2018
Sen. Cruz is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is holding hearing on Brett Kavanaugh’s possible lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. Three women have come forward accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault and the protesters confronted Cruz to get a definitive answer about his support of Kavanaugh.
“There are now three people who have come forward and who have said that Brett Kavanaugh has attacked them,” the woman said in the video. “I know that you’re close friends with him. Did you talk to him about that? Did you talk to him about his position?”
Kavanaugh — a Republican favorite to be on the Supreme Court — is facing accusations of sexual assault by three women.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was the first to come forward, saying the Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school in the ’80s. She will be testifying on Thursday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Cruz sits on that committee with has 21 members, 17 of them are males.
This week Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick both came forward with their own stories of sexual assault allegedly perpetrated by Kavanaugh. Ramirez reported that Kavanaugh had also sexually confronted her with his penis while they were at a party at Yale. Swetnick claims Kavanaugh was present when she was gang raped by a group of high school boys.
Kavanaugh is notably known for being the judge who attempted to block an undocumented teen from getting an abortion.
The attorney who represented the undocumented teen Jane Doe who Kavanaugh tried to deny abortion services to testified against his SCOTUS nomination pic.twitter.com/B756mRukGn
— Tomthunkit™ (@TomthunkitsMind) September 25, 2018
The 17-year-old was nine weeks into her first trimester and wanted to terminate the pregnancy. Since she was undocumented, officials tried to block her from getting the abortion. The case went to Judge Kavanaugh who also tried to prevent the abortion by delaying the process, which would in turn make it harder to approve if it was later in her pregnancy.
Some believe that if Kavanaugh almost prevented the teen from getting an abortion, he may also reverse abortion laws.
#SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh is a threat to abortion access. He worked to block an undocumented minor who was held in government custody from her right to abortion care. He is an extremist who will not protect women’s rights. #WhatsAtStake pic.twitter.com/oueedzy7Cj
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) September 25, 2018
That is why people are concerned with how Cruz will vote. Cruz is a fan of Kavanaugh. CNN reports that in July, Cruz said: “By any measure, Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most respected federal judges in the country, and I look forward to supporting his nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States.”
O’Rourke released a statement saying Cruz should not have been harassed.
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.
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 25, 2018
Well said, Beto.