Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was photographed on a flight from Washington, D.C. back to Texas looking at a web page with a photo of Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat Representative who is running to unseat him in the upcoming midterm elections.
Cruz was snapped by a photographer with Politico Playbook.
— jordan (@JordanUhl) September 24, 2018
Cruz, once considered a shoo-in for re-election, has found a formidable challenger in O’Rourke, with whom he’s now locked in a neck-and-neck race for the Senate seat, according to recent polling figures.
The photographs quickly made the rounds on social media, and Cruz was routinely mocked.
Diary entry, 9/24/18: I wonder if he thinks about me? I try to let him know I’m thinking about him with ads that are about his looks, his style, his charm. His ads are all about issues *ugh* like health care, taxes, and justice. I just want him to notice me, is that so wrong?
— Paul Butler (@marathonhog) September 25, 2018
“Gazing longingly, Cruz whispered, ‘I want you.’”
So do we, Ted. So do we.
— Kate, I Cover The FenwayFront (@Apphouse50) September 25, 2018
C'mon Ted, swipe right.
— Devin Nunes former colleague DrG (@AlphaMaleDrG) September 24, 2018
The reaction to the photographs is only the latest bump in an already hard week for Cruz, who last night was driven out of a Washington restaurant by activists who chanted, “We believe survivors!” in response to the sexual assault allegations which have imperiled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Cruz was also criticized for not responding to a sexual assault survivor who asked him how he would on Kavanaugh.
“God bless you, ma’am,” was all Cruz said before he and his wife left the establishment.
Last night, activists confronted Ted Cruz at Fiola, a D.C. restaurant, chanting “We believe survivors!”
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) September 25, 2018
Earlier this morning, O’Rourke responded to the incident in a tweet of his own urging Cruz’s critics to take the high road.
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
O’Rourke’s defense came just a few days after the two sparred during a debate at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.