Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he will not be intimidated by mob tactics or protesters, comments that come after a protester interrupted his dinner Friday at a Louisville restaurant.

“I’m not sure exactly what in my career suggests I would be easily swayed by such a spectacle,” McConnell wrote in a piece published in the Courier-Journal on Tuesday. “The reality is simple: I will not be intimidated. But this issue is not really about me, or about any individual elected official. It’s about something larger: The mob mentality that is being systematically fed and encouraged by the far left all across our nation.”

McConnell said he and his wife, Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, were seated at a booth when a man loudly started to confront them, shouting and banging his fists on their table. McConnell acknowledged that the protester was told to leave or stop shouting by restaurant staff and other customers.

McConnell claimed such “threats and intimidation” were being encouraged by Democrats, such former Attorney General Eric Holder who said recently, “when they go low, we kick ‘em. That’s what this new Democratic Party is about.”

“Our work in the Senate is too important to the country to back down in the face of these mob tactics,” McConnell said.

“It’s time for each of us to decide what kind of country we want,” McConnell said. “One side can continue to hurl mud, hatred, and toxic behavior until we reach a breaking point. Or, those with strong beliefs on both sides of an issue can speak up in a civil way.”

Political figures including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, have been recently approached by protesters while dining and forced to leave. Cruz left the restaurant last month with his wife and American investment manager at Goldman Sachs, Heidi Cruz, because of the Texas lawmaker’s support for now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

“I was not the first senator confronted, and I unfortunately likely won’t be the last,” McConnell wrote. “But the Senate will not be intimidated by the antics of far-left protesters, and we will continue our important work.”