Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz sparred with Democratic Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono on Tuesday over violence from Antifa, and the tense moment went viral across social media.
During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, lawmakers heard from witnesses about violence from the far-left group Antifa.
But Hirono couldn’t take the heat and actually walked out of the hearing after Cruz asked her to denounce Antifa.
“I hope this is the end of this hearing, Mr. Chairman, and that we don’t have to listen to any more of your rhetorical speeches,” Hirono told Cruz after he accused Democrats of not denouncing Antifa violence in cities across the country over the past few months.
“Thank you very much, I’m leaving,” she said.
Hirono then gathered her things and began preparing to leave the room, at which point Cruz thanked her for appearing but asked her again if she would call out Antifa by name.
“I would also note that throughout her remarks, she still did not say a negative word about Antifa nor has any Democrat here,” Cruz said. “They instead engage in a political game. You’re welcome to say something negative about Antifa right now.”
Hirono responded by saying, “I think that I’ve covered the subject quite well.”
“She declined to speak, so that is the position of the Democratic Party,” Cruz said.
CRUZ: "You're welcome to say something negative about Antifa right now."
HIRONO: "I think that I've covered the subject quite well"
CRUZ: "She declined to speak so that is the position of the Democratic Party" pic.twitter.com/OI26xu8UHb
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 4, 2020
Cruz and Hirono got into a heated exchange earlier in the hearing as well as after the Hawaii Democrat played a video referring to law enforcement officers wearing uniforms with the word “police” sent to combat Black Lives Matter riots as “unidentified officers.”
“Thank you, Sen. Hirono. I will note at the end of that video that, as narrated, it describes law enforcement as unidentified while the video shows them with the words ‘police’ in bright yellow all-caps across their chest, so that’s a curious way to describe a law enforcement officer as ‘unidentified,'” Cruz said.
Cruz continued: “The ranking member said, ‘Nobody is condoning violence and rioting’ and yet nowhere in the opening remarks was even one word condemning it. “Condemning the assaults, condemning the 277 injuries that federal law enforcement officers have suffered at the hands of those rioters. Not a word.”
Cities and communities across the country have been damaged and destroyed as some protests have turned into riots.
The protests and riots began in Minnesota after video emerged of a now-former Minneapolis police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, leading to his apparent death.
Last week, three NYPD officers were violently attacked by “protesters” and left with serious injuries during a “Defund the Police” rally.
Chicago, a city run by Democrats that has been violent and dangerous for many years, is also struggling with containing violence during protests.
Just this last weekend alone, a reported 70 people were shot in the city, with 10 dying from their fatal wounds.
Chicago police even released a video that appears to show a peaceful protest being “hijacked by organized mobs.”