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White House misrepresents Brett Kavanaugh’s snub of father of shooting victim.


On Tuesday morning, Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High earlier this year, tried to shake the hand of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, only to be rebuffed. As Guttenberg tweeted:

White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah contested Guttenberg’s account, claiming that security had escorted Guttenberg (who Shah characterizes as “an unidentified individual”) before Kavanaugh could respond with a handshake.

Video of the event doesn’t support Shah’s account but rather shows that Guttenberg’s version was accurate. Guttenberg clearly identified himself to Kavanaugh and it is only after Kavanaugh gives Guttenberg the cold shoulder that security escorts Guttenberg away.

Shah’s account is at the very least a mischaracterization of the incident and could quite possibly be a deliberate deception.