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Kavanaugh snub of Parkland parent: Darcy cartoon

September 6, 2018

Kavanaugh snub of Parkland parent: Darcy cartoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- So far, the rudest behavior at the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing hasn’t been the dozens of hecklers interrupting the proceedings.  The rudest behavior was the Supreme Court nominee, and self-professed doting Dad, inexcusably refusing to acknowledge and shake the hand of Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was killed in the Parkland, Fla. school shooting earlier this year.

Tuesday, as the hearing broke for lunch, Guttenberg could be seen in videos and photos approaching Kavanaugh with his arm outstretched for a handshake.  Kavanaugh can be seen looking right at Guttenberg as he introduces himself and tells Kavanaugh his daughter was murdered in the Parkland shooting.  With an unpleasant look, Kavanaugh buttons his suit coat, instead of shaking Guttenberg’s  hand, then turns his back on the fellow father and walks away.

Despite being a guest of Senator Dianne Feinstein and never threatening Kavanaugh, when Guttenberg returned from lunch he was removed from the hearing by security who told him Kavanaugh thought he had crossed a line, when he cordially tried to shake hands with Kavanaugh.

Doing damage control for the horrible optic, White House spokesman Raj Shah claimed in a tweet that Kavanaugh didn’t know who was approaching him and that security whisked him away before he could shake hands.

“As Judge Kavanaugh left for his lunch break, an unidentified individual approached him.  Before the Judge was able to shake his hand, security had intervened.”

Photos, video, audio, and Guttenbreg don’t support the White House version of events.

“Just walked up to Judge Kavanaugh as morning session ended.  Put out my hand to introduce myself as Jaime Guttenberg’s dad.  He pulled his hand back, turned his back to me and walked away.  I guess he did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence,” Guttenberg tweeted.

Guttenberg could be heard telling Kavanaugh his daughter “was murdered at Parkland” and as Kavanaugh turned his back on him, “Walking away? Have a nice day.”

Kavanaugh wasn’t having a nice day.  His two daughters were removed from the hearing by their mother due to the hecklers, which you think would make Kavanaugh more empathetic to a father whose daughter wasn’t there because she was murdered in school.

Guttenberg told CNN he had just wanted to talk to Kavanaugh “as a dad.”  A dad who doesn’t “go home to my complete family anymore, my daughter was killed.”

Since his nomination, Kavanaugh has promoted himself as the Mr. nice guy, church- going dotting dad who revels in coaching the girls basketball teams his daughters play on.

Kavanaugh and his backers have been promoting the car pool dad image to counter Kavanaugh’s work record of being a longtime political operative and member of many conservatives Supreme Court  Fantasy team.

Senator Feinstein thanked her guest Guttenberg for “honoring your daughter.”   Feinstein said, “He knows firsthand how Brett Kavanugh’s extreme views on guns could lead to more massacres.”

Kavanaugh is the least popular Supreme Court nominee since Robert Bork.  Snubbing a Parkland victim’s parent for no good reason, won’t improve Kavanaugh’s image.   All he had to do is shake Fred Guttenberg’s hand and express his sincere sympathy as  the father of daughters himself.  It would have taken Kavanaugh just a few seconds and a little humanity.

In his introduction as the nominee, and again at the hearing, Kavanaugh said he tries to live his life following the creed of his Jesuit high school alma mater, Georgetown Prep, which is “Men for others.”   At the hearing, we learned Kavanaugh is only a man for others other than parents of mass school shooting victims.  I object, your honor.

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