The father of a teenage girl killed in the high-school shooting in Parkland, Florida, accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of turning his back on him and refusing to shake his hand during Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Tuesday.
In the wake of his daughter Jamie’s death in February, Fred Guttenberg has become an outspoken gun-control advocate. On Tuesday, Guttenberg attended Kavanaugh’s hearing as a guest of Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California.
“Just walked up to Judge Kavanaugh as morning session ended. Put out my hand to introduce myself as Jaime Guttenberg’s dad,” he tweeted. “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.”
The circumstances of the exchange are unclear.
It’s not immediately apparent if Kavanaugh knew who Guttenberg was. Earlier in the day, Feinstein had formally introduced Guttenberg as “the father of Jamie, one of 17 killed in the Parkland shooting” during her opening remarks.
Still, in one video, Guttenberg can be quietly heard telling Kavanaugh that his daughter was “murdered in Parkland.”
White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah suggested on Twitter that “security had intervened” when an “unidentified individual approached” Kavanaugh.
But Guttenberg responded saying that Shah’s suggestion was “incorrect,” as there was “no security involved,” and Kavanugh “turned and walked away” from him.
The exchange quickly went viral — although people aren’t sure what to think of it.
Some think it could have been a misunderstanding.
Others simply find this exchange, and the implications it could have for the kinds of decisions that Kavanaugh could make on the Supreme Court troubling.
Comedian and actress Kathy Griffin also commented on the moment.
Several teen activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have also spoken out.
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