Restaurant Receives Death Threats After 'Discretely' Serving Ted Cruz Following Kavanaugh Protestors Chaos

The owner of Fiola, a Washington, D.C. restaurant, where Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was heckled by anti-Kavanaugh protestors, released a statement saying the staff received “life-threatening messages” in the fallout from the incident. On Monday night, Cruz and his wife were out to dinner when members of “Smash Racism DC” heckled them over Cruz’s support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, amid the sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee.

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The restaurant released a statement on Tuesday about saying once authorities resolved the situation, Cruz and his wife were able to return to finish their meal:

Since the original released statement, the restaurant released another statement by the owner, Fabio Trabocchi, claiming that the staff received “harassment and life-threatening messages”:

“Personally, I am blessed to work with the staff who have handled the harassment and life-threatening messages we and our families have received in the wake of the event. They have shown remarkable grit and calm, It is scary to hear anger directed at you and those you love — I am lucky to work with brave people who respect our work.”

The owner said in the statement that he is in “hospitality, not in public service,” however, they have “implemented additional safety and security measures … to ensure the ongoing and future privacy, safety and security for our staff and guests.”

What happened

The protestors heckled the couple, chanting “We believe survivors!” as a response to the multiple sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh — Cruz has previously shown support for Kavanaugh.

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Cruz was quizzed by the protestors on what his thoughts were about Kavanaugh. “I’d love to know what your vote is going to be tonight,” one woman behind the camera asked. “I know that you’re very close friends with Mr. Kavanaugh. Do you believe survivors, sir?” “Senator, we have a right to know what your position is on Brett Kavanaugh,” the woman said. “God bless you, ma’am,” Cruz said to the woman, as he took off his coat to sit down at their table, where he was briefly seated until the couple stood up to leave. In the video, one protestor said, “Fascist, racist, anti-gay!” As others repeatedly shouted, “We believe survivors!”

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Cruz and his wife were then “discretely” brought back into the restaurant to finish their meal once authorities dealt with the chaos.

Read the full statement below:

“We did our best Monday night to show DC what it means to live, love and work in a city where all voices are welcome — and quite necessary — to make a republic work,” Trabocchi said in the statement. “It takes everyone, Just like any family. It requires respect, listening, and sometimes a little etiquette, like keeping your elbows and politics off the dinner table.”