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WH defends Kavanaugh against Dem’s accusation of handshake snub, new video tells the REAL story

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The White House defended Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh against claims that he snubbed the father of a Parkland victim during the second day of his confirmation hearings.

Amid the often chaotic atmosphere at the hearings, with untold numbers of the press present as Kavanaugh endured hours of questioning and as dozens of protesters continued to interrupt, yell out and be escorted out by security, Democrats and other critics slammed the nominee for failing to engage in conversation with a total stranger.

Kavanaugh sparked controversy Tuesday when he did not reach out to shake the hand of the father of Jaime Guttenberg, a Florida student who was killed during the February massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Security acted swiftly to move the judge along during the break in the contentious hearing, not giving him time to respond to Fred Guttenberg who was nothing more than a total stranger to the judge at this point.

The outrage erupted Tuesday when a video circulated, and was pounced on by the left, allegedly showing Kavanaugh “snubbing” Guttenberg’s extended hand. The father approached the judge as the Committee called for a recess Tuesday, but claimed Kavanaugh intentionally turned away to avoid talking to him.

And so the wolf pack was released.

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah addressed the incident, releasing a video and explaining that security stepped in to move Kavanaugh along as Guttenberg’s identity was not known when he approached the judge.

With the stressful atmosphere at the hearing, it should come as no surprise that the judge may have needed a moment to process what Guttenberg was saying when he approached him.

Though the Parkland father attempted to explain who he was, Kavanaugh’s skepticism is understandable considering the mayhem surrounding him. Video of the incident shows a closer view of what transpired as a member of his security detail intervened before Kavanaugh could react with a reciprocal handshake.

Guttenberg maintained that Kavanaugh’s slight was intentional, and called the White House tweet “incorrect.”

He also explained that he was at the hearings at the invitation of Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Fellow Parkland father Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was also killed in the Parkland massacre, had a message for Guttenberg.

He also slammed Feinstein for Democrats’ “disgusting” and “pathetic” agenda.

During Wednesday’s hearings, Sen. Lindsey Graham offered Kavanaugh an opportunity to address guests in attendance.

“I want to give you a chance to say some things to the people who have attended this hearing … what would you like to say to them, if anything, about your job as a Supreme Court Justice?” Graham asked.

“I understand the real world effects of our decisions. In my job as a judge for the last 12 years, I’ve gone out of my way in my opinions and at oral arguments … to make clear to everyone before me that I understand the situation, the circumstances, the facts,” Kavanaugh replied.

“I have not lived in a bubble,” he continued. “I understand how passionately people feel about particular issues, and I understand how personally people are affected by issues. And I understand the difficulties that people have in America,” he added.

Frieda Powers

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