Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was just targeted at his home by eight climate change protestors — who were then promptly arrested for refusing to leave the premises on Monday. Protestors belonging to the leftist Sunrise Movement were told to leave the property and refused. They were then taken into custody and charged with trespassing.
Assistant Police Chief Ban Tien explained the situation saying, “The large majority of the group are extremely peaceful out there expressing the First Amendment rights (to) protest against climate change. Unfortunately, there was a small group who was actually committing trespassing into private property in front of the senator’s residence.”
Senator Cruz has yet to comment on the situation, and it is unknown if he was home at the time of the protests.
Chief Ban Tien continued saying, “As such, that particular group — roughly eight individuals — still refused to leave and we finally gave one final warning and those individuals still refused to leave. We explained to them the fact that they were violating a trespassing law. They acknowledged they understood and they chose to be arrested.”
The protestors were demanding President Biden stop negotiating with Republicans on climate change. What exactly Senator Cruz had to do with their demands is unknown.
According to Texas Tribune reporter Erin Douglas, protestors chanted, “Whose side are you on?” That chant seemed to be directed at President Biden, not Senator Cruz.
Climate protestor’s time would be better spent getting the attention of more politically centrist politicians. Senator Cruz is a firm Republican, and protests in front of his house are going to do nothing but generate bad press.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) would be far more sympathetic to the demands of leftist climate change protestors. For the eight protestors arrested, time reviewing their decision-making process would be valuable.