During Monday’s triumph parade for the Houston Astros, who had just been named World Series champions, Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) was struck by a 12-ounce beverage can that had been thrown at him.
Cruz was wounded in the neck by one of the full cans thrown at him by Joseph Halm Arcidiacono, 33, during the parade. Arcidiacono was taken into custody, charged with serious assault, and freed after posting a $40,000 bond.
After being attacked, Cruz did not require medical assistance. On Monday, he thanked law officers for their prompt action.
Cruz posted on twitter “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.”
Cruz was struck in the neck by one of the full cans thrown at him by Joseph Halm Arcidiacono, 33, during the parade. Arcidiacono was taken into custody, accused of serious assault, and released after posting a $40,000 bond.
Following the vicious assault on Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in late October, there are now greater fears about the possibility of political violence, which led to the attack on Cruz. Pelosi suffered injuries in that incident, necessitating successful brain surgery for the 82-year-old.
The 42-year-old man with a history of mental health problems who was detained for the assault on Pelosi said to the police that he had wanted to kidnap the Speaker and break her kneecaps if she lied during interrogation.
Attacks on Rep. Lee Zeldin, the Republican candidate for governor of New York, and Pat Harrigan, a Republican candidate for congress from North Carolina, have also occurred during this election season. On the campaign trail in July, Zeldin was attacked by a man who got on stage with him, seized him, and threatened to stab him. In October, a gunshot hole was discovered by Harrigan’s parents in a window of their house.