The new trend of confronting right-leaning politicians as they attempt to enjoy a little time away from the cameras and the politics is a horrible one and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) recently found himself on the receiving end of this kind of treatment.
As Streiff covered earlier, Cruz was confronted by a mob of protesters while he and his wife Heidi were enjoying dinner. The mob forced Cruz out of the restaurant with cheers as they jeered at him.
For many, this didn’t sit right at all. This includes Cruz’s opponent, Democrat candidate Beto O’Rourke, who took to Twitter to denounce the mob tactics used against Cruz.
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
Despite any disagreements the right may have with O’Rourke — and there are more than a few — this is a classy thing to do. As I wrote earlier about this confrontation trend when it happened to Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens, leaders on the left need to speak out against this kind of thing, which you may notice that they don’t do often.
However, it would appear that some of Beto’s followers disagree with him, and believe that right-wing politicians should be treated like dirt at every available opportunity. Some justify it by saying it’s “non-violent,” while others say it’s justifiable because they believe their politics are literally, physically harmful.
I respectfully disagree. This was nonviolent and they can protest as they please
— Jan Itor 🌹 (@scrubsfan10) September 25, 2018
The issue is that the GOP isn't civilized. You can't have civil discourse with people who literally want to regulate women's bodies and legislate anti-LGBT bills because they take their policy guidance from the Bible.
— OhNoADracula (@DraculaOh) September 25, 2018
Now you got it. These slimeballs need to be publicly shamed for their actions. there has to be some sort of negative reaction for their behavior. Playin fair is out, Republicans can't win without cheating because they don't have the numbers anymore, so they will do anything
— Crockster (@crockamo) September 25, 2018
If they treat their constituents with respect, they would get some in return.
— Richelle D-M (@MakingCostumes) September 25, 2018
mob violence? lmao maybe if ted cruz wasnt trying to constantly strip the people of their healthcare and not continually taking blood money from the nra this wouldnt happen to him
— politic's (@Archie_Bish) September 25, 2018
I appreciate the sentiment here. But Cruz and his colleagues are pushing policies that cause physical harm and extreme financial distress to their constituents. At what point do we stop being polite to protect our friends, family, and neighbors?
— Amy Stuber (@amy_moss_) September 25, 2018
anyways i hope you win so we can harass you and your family until you support abolishing ICE you coward
— john cage match (@Boringstein) September 25, 2018
My hat’s off to O’Rourke’s supporters who agreed with him on how Cruz should be treated, but the number of people on the left who believe that mobbing Cruz outside of the appropriate times and places were far too many.
At some point in time, someone is going to get hurt when this happens to the wrong target, at the wrong time, and in the wrong company. More leaders on the left should be denouncing this mode of action every time it pops up.