Pelosi guest removed from SOTU for yelling out apologizes for behavior

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The father of a Parkland shooting victim apologized for an outburst during President Trump’s State of the Union address that had him removed from the House chamber gallery.

Fred Guttenberg acknowledged that he “should not have yelled out” in the middle of Trump’s speech but explained it was a ‘rough night” in a tweet apologizing for his interruption Tuesday night.

Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was murdered in 2018 in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., was escorted out of the House chamber after shouting something as the president vowed to “always protect your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.”

Though it was unclear what he said, as applause erupted in the chamber following Trump’s remark, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence appeared to look up in the direction of the outburst.

Guttenberg, who started an organization called Orange Ribbons for Jamie, was one of Pelosi’s guests for the State of the Union.

Later Tuesday night, the gun control activist took to Twitter to apologize.

Guttenberg made headlines during the confirmation hearings for Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018 when it appeared Kavanaugh did not recognize the Parkland father and seemed to ignore an attempt to shake his hand. After the predicted outrage from the left, it was clear that Kavanaugh had not meant to snub Guttenberg.

“When I turned and did not recognize the man, I assumed he was a protestor. In a split second, my security detail intervened and ushered me out of the hearing room,” Kavanaugh said at the time. “Mr. Guttenberg has suffered an incalculable loss. If I had known who he was, I would have shaken his hand, talked to him, and expressed my sympathy. And I would have listened to him.”

Despite his apology Tuesday for shouting out during the president’s speech, many rallied behind Guttenberg, including California Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Parkland student David Hogg.

The “#ImWithFred” hashtag was used in other messages of support from Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., Democratic National Committee Lawyers Council Chair Andrew Weinstein and Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla.

Parkland father Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was one of the victims of the mass shooting, linked to a story about Guttenberg but did not direct his comments to the incident.

“Thank you Mr. President for a booming economy, Safer Schools and for protecting our 2A,” Pollack, a defender of the Second Amendment, tweeted.

Many who disagreed with Guttenberg’s outburst responded to Pollack’s tweet.

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