Day 1 of the confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, was not the sleepy affair typical of such openings. Instead, Senate Democrats repeatedly tried to halt the hearing, saying the process has been hurried and unfair, and shouting protesters were escorted from the audience. One moment that went viral: a failed attempt by a Parkland, Fla., school shooting victim’s father to shake Kavanaugh’s hand. What will today’s action bring? Here are 10 things to watch for from the Democrats, Republicans and Kavanaugh himself. Plus, follow along with our live chat featuring The Times’ experts.
And now to the handshake…
Watch this. Then watch it again.
And then re-read all the puff pieces about how Brett Kavanaugh is “so nice”.
He wouldn’t even shake Fred Guttenberg’s hand, whose daughter was murdered at Parkland.
— Nathan H. Rubin (@NathanHRubin) September 4, 2018
Another take (better in black and white?):
Most pictures are worth a thousand words…
This picture is worth thousands of lives call your senators now and tell them to not appoint Kavanaugh 202-224-3121
The NRA has spent millions of dollars to appoint Kavanaugh it’s going to take 1000s of phone calls to stop this man. pic.twitter.com/R2h65VQs4k
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) September 4, 2018
Notice how the White House tried to spin it:
Fred Guttenberg, father of Parkland victim, Jaime, tries to shakes hands with Brett Kavanaugh: “My daughter was murdered at Parkland.”
White House says an “unidentified individual approached” Kavanaugh, but “before the judge was able to shake his hand, security had intervened.” pic.twitter.com/IerpDMOW0h
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 4, 2018
And then from Guttenberg himself:
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter died in the Parkland shooting, tells @cnn that Kavanaugh not only wouldn’t shake his hand—he asked security to remove Guttenberg from the hearing, and identified him by the bracelets he wears to commemorate his daughter.
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) September 4, 2018
Really, just look at Kavanaugh’s face. Just look at it. That’s not confusion (“who is this guy?”), that’s contempt.