August 17, 2022

Trump’s White House just told a shameless lie to justify Kavanaugh’s diss towards Parkland father

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As Republican defenders of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh drone on in his confirmation hearing about the strength of character that the Trump pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy possesses, Kavanaugh foolishly undermined their fawning praise with his behavior towards the father of a shooting victim in the Parkland, Florida school shootings.


Fred Guttenberg, who lost his 14-year-old daughter to the tragic and unnecessary gun violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, tried to introduce himself to the Supreme Court nominee during a break in the Senate confirmation hearings. Guttenberg described Kavanaugh’s despicable reaction in a post on his Twitter feed.

The still-grieving father has been a strong political presence in the fight for sensible gun regulations since the loss of his child, so many critics on the right may see his account of the encounter as an exaggerated partisan slam based on Guttenberg’s desire to see the conservative judge’s nomination rejected rather than on any actual interaction.

Luckily Andrew Harnick, an AP photographer covering the hearings, captured the moment. If one picture is worth a thousand words, the look of contempt on Kavanaugh’s face is an encyclopedia of disdain.

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Kavanaugh’s slight towards the anti-gun activist is even more pronounced in the video version of the encounter. One would think the proffered hand was laden with Ebola by the way the Supreme Court nominee reacts to it.

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The video proves that the response issued by the White House about the incident — which claimed that an “unidentified individual approached” Kavanaugh, but “before the judge was able to shake his hand, security had intervened” — was nothing but a bold-faced lie.

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The president and his allies have made it clear that they care nothing about the tens of thousands of lives lost every year to needless gun violence; this incident makes it clear that his Supreme Court Justice nominee doesn’t either.

You can judge for yourself in the video clip of the encounter below.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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