Hawaiian Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Democrat, shocked the majority when she stormed out of a Senate hearing today led by rival Texas Republican Ted Cruz. This during a meeting titled, “The Right of the People Peaceably to Assemble: Protecting Speech by Stopping Anarchist Violence”
“Sometimes I don’t think you listen,” Hirono told Cruz at the Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing as he finished up with a nearly 10-minute speech. “So, how many times have I had to say that we all should be denouncing violent extremists of every stripe.”
Cruz asked, “Does that include Antifa?” Hirono shot back, “I have the time,” She added, “…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, Thank you very much. I’m leaving.”
She then packed up to leave the hearing before Cruz adjourned it, “Well I appreciate the, as always, kind of uplifting words of Senator Hirono, And I would also note that throughout her remarks she still did not say a negative word about Antifa nor has any Democrat here.” Sen. Cruz quipped.
Then stated, “You’re welcome to say something negative about Antifa right now.” And further, “Okay, she declined to speak so that is the position of the Democratic Party,”
In contrast with past protest events, Cruz claimed “Their actions are profoundly racist. The rioters …. destroy minority communities, minority businesses and minority lives across this country. This shouldn’t be complicated: peaceful protests must be protected. Riots must be stopped.”
Hirono said Tuesday’s hearing should instead be called: “The right of the people peaceably to assemble without being beaten up by unidentifiable federal agents.”
“That would address an actual problem lawful protesters are facing and the rest of us are seeing in this country,” There is clearly a great divide between the two sides.