The real story: People at California airport lined up to shake Ted Cruz’s hand

by WorldTribune Staff, July 31, 2019

The corporate media quickly picked up on video of a staged rant by a leftist San Francisco city official who berated Sen. Ted Cruz on immigration while Cruz was waiting in line at a Los Angeles airport.

What the left-wing media mavens failed to report, however, was that while just one person had criticized Cruz, several had lined up to shake the Texas Republican’s hand, a columnist noted.

Sen. Ted Cruz is confronted by Hillary Ronen while waiting in an airport line. / YouTube

“All of the press coverage focused on the airport line grandstander, identified as San Francisco supervisor Hillary Ronen, and her self-set narrative,” Monica Showalter wrote for American Thinker on July 30. “Ronen even seems to have set it up, too: the film comes from her, and the filming didn’t start midway into the encounter — it was filmed from the very start — so it appears the whole thing was planned. Next up, the press was happy to play along to the narrative like her fiddlers.”

The real story, as Showalter noted, was that “in deep blue unchangeable California — with Los Angeles and San Francisco as its twin epicenters — there were people standing in line to shake Ted Cruz’s hand. That’s news.”

Showalter continued: “Sure, about half, statistically speaking, may have been returning to other places. But those other places could have easily been other parts of California, as Ronen was, so the odds are, it was more than half the people there who were from California. There they were, lining up to shake the cordial Ted Cruz’s hand as he stood in an airport line, breaking the unspoken taboo known in Los Angeles that you don’t pester stars when you see them.

“Bottom line: Even in deep blue California, people were lining up to shake Ted Cruz’s hand,” and that, Showalter wrote, “signals something pretty good going on if even Californians (there had to be some) wanted to break their own taboos and backslap with Ted when they saw him.”

Showalter also noted that, in the video, Cruz was “reasoned and rational and well prepared” when he was confronted by Ronen.

“Look how cool he was in the face of an obvious provocation. He was probably tired from his trip, and he still kept his steady stamina and cool. Ronen was the melodrama queen, clutching her throat and repeating herself as if she were the sort of person who knew nobody ever listened to her. Cruz carefully brought up facts — from the fact that migrant cages were established by President Obama to the hard reality that smugglers and Democrats are encouraging the migrant surge and the bad conditions in the underfunded, over-peopled detention centers.

“Cruz pointed out that a third of the migrants rolling in with kids on their hips weren’t even their family members, meaning a bad child-smuggling racket was taking hold as the surgers rolled in. These hard facts, and others, were conveyed to the obviously unhinged woman haranguing Cruz in the airport line trying to make a name for herself. Cruz must have known he was on film, too, and knew that plenty of people viewing the encounter were going to notice who the rational one was.”

Showalter continued: “Oh, and since I know the Mission District that Ronen represents quite well, since I used to live there, I can throw in that she represents a rat-, roach-, and rodent-filled district, brimming with illegals, MS-13 gangs, muzzle flashes, drunks, and the occasional dead body. It’s definitely a place run by Democrats in a one-party city. Maybe she should clean that place up before she goes criticizing Cruz.”

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