A man has been arrested after he threw what appeared to be a full can of White Claw at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as he rode on a military Hummer in the procession of the Houston Astros World Series victory parade on Monday.
The Republican senator was reportedly hit in the neck/chest area as the procession rode down Smith Street in downtown Houston. Both Cruz and a staffer standing next to him reached up in an attempt to block the can.
After the beer hit the senator, the staffer then pointed into the crowd to show the police and parade security officials where the can had been thrown from.
Beer flies at Ted Cruz during Astros World Series Parade pic.twitter.com/lRALgyXCe2
— Alien Truther Wildwest (@wcgroovy) November 7, 2022
The can that was thrown at Cruz did not appear to have been opened — which means that it would have been considerably heavier than an empty can — as a thud can be heard in the video when it fell into the back of the vehicle the senator was riding in.
“The can hit Cruz in the chest and neck area, police said,” according to KHOU 11. “He did not require medical attention.”
The Houston Police Department later released a statement on Twitter announcing that they had made an arrest.
“HPD made one arrest during today’s victory parade. A male, 33, threw a beer can at U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz as the senator was on a float in the 2400 block of Smith St. The beer can struck the Senator in the chest/neck area. The senator did not require medical attention,” the statement read.
HPD made one arrest during today’s victory parade. A male, 33, threw a beer can at U.S. Senator Ted Cruz as the Senator was on a float in the 2400 block of Smith St. The beer can struck the Senator in the chest/neck area. The Senator did not require medical attention.
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) November 7, 2022
“Nearby HPD officers arrested the male without further incident. He was taken to jail and faces assault charges. We will release the suspect’s name and booking photo here when formal charges are filed,” the statement continued.
Cruz’s daughters were reportedly standing next to him when he was attacked.
In a statement to the Daily Wire, the Texas senator said: “As always, I’m thankful for the Houston Police and Capitol Police for their quick action. I’m also thankful that the clown who threw his White Claw had a noodle for an arm.”
The parade was held on Monday to celebrate the Houston Astros’ victory in the World Series over the weekend, in which they beat the Philadelphia Phillies four games to two by a final score of 4 to 1.
Fired up crowd today during the @Astros #WorldSeries parade!
Such a great time celebrating an amazing team!#GoStros pic.twitter.com/mvjtRLtKWx
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 7, 2022