CNN host Don Lemon said late Tuesday that while he didn't like the fact that Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOcasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday GOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema McConnell gets GOP wake-up call MORE (R-Texas) and his wife were harassed and driven out of a Washington, D.C., restaurant by protesters, it's what Cruz "signed up for" as a public official.
“I don’t like it, but it is one reason I’m not a public official, that I’m not running for office," Lemon said to Chris Cuomo as the latter was handing off his show.
"In a way, I think it goes with the territory. I don’t like that they were blocking his wife, but that’s what he signed up for. And as a strict constitutionalist, which Ted Cruz is, he knows it is protected under the First Amendment," he continued.
"I don’t like it. I don’t like it happening to his wife. That’s what he signed up for. That’s part of the deal,” Lemon concluded.
The perspective comes after protesters opposed to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh accosted Cruz and his wife Monday evening, chanting "We believe survivors" while demanding to know why he would vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
BREAKING. Activists just chased @TedCruz out of a fancy Washington DC restaurant, chanting “We Believe Survivors!”— Smash Racism DC (@SmashRacismDC) September 24, 2018
Cruz has been friends with creep Kavanaugh for 20 years. Now Cruz is on judiciary committee hearing his testimony.
Fascists not welcome! #CancelKavanugh pic.twitter.com/7mx6Tc32za
Cruz and his wife left the restaurant as protesters peppered him with questions regarding Kavanaugh, who has been accused by two women of sexual misconduct at parties in high school and college in the 1980s.
Smash Racism, a Twitter account affiliated with Antifa, warned in a tweet after the protest was over that Cruz, President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Biden's Supreme Court reform study panel notes 'considerable' risks to court expansion Bennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump MORE, Kavanaugh and other "right-wing scum" are "not safe."
"You are not safe,” the group wrote. “We will find you. We will expose you. We will take from you the peace you have taken from so many others.”
According to Twitter rules, users may not exercise "behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice.”
“You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so,” the social media company's rules state. “We consider abusive behavior an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice.”
Kavanaugh and Ford are both scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
The committee announced Tuesday evening that it plans to go ahead with a vote on Kavanaugh Friday morning.