On Monday, Texas officials detained a guy who reportedly struck Republican Senator Ted Cruz with a beer can during Houston Astros’ World Series parade.
The Houston Police Department (HPD) tweeted on Monday that an unnamed 33-year-old male hurled a beer can at a senator on a parade float in the 2400 block of Smith Street in Houston.
Authorities reported that Cruz was injured in the “chest/neck area” by the beer-throwing man but did not require medical care.
Without further incident, nearby HPD officers detained the man. The department said he was arrested and faces assault charges, adding that the suspect’s identity will be released after official charges are filed.
On Monday, numerous videos appeared on social media showing Astros supporters booing Cruz, who was in the championship parade with his family and friends.
In one of the films, a parade spectator is seen tossing a beer can toward Cruz, who blocks it with his hand. The authorities and Cruz’s security detail then investigated who fan threw the beverage at Cruz.
Ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, political violence has become a major subject, which coincides with the Cruz incident. According to a Monday Politico-Morning Consult survey, eight in ten Americans are concerned about violence in the United States.
Paul Pelosi, the husband of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was the victim of a savage home invasion last month. A guy entered the couple’s San Francisco apartment with a hammer, stating he was asking where Nancy was. Paul Pelosi, who had severe head injuries in the incident, was just discharged from the hospital after healing for a week.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-California) denounced the Ted Cruz incident, stating, “We are a nation of voters, not of violence.” Swalwell tweeted, don’t throw beer or commit violence towards someone with whom you disagree ideologically.
Saturday’s Game 6 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies, powered by second baseman Jose Altuve and third baseman Alex Bregman, gave the Houston Astros their second World Series championship in five years.