Father of Parkland victim to Kavanaugh: 'Your life and family are not ruined'
WASHINGTON (CIRCA) -- The father of Jaime Guttenberg, who was killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., had a strong reaction to Brett Kavanaugh saying his life and family are being ruined by sexual assault allegations.
"Justice Kavanaugh your life and family are not ruined," Fred Guttenburg said on Twitter. "Try having a child murdered by a weapon that you refer to as "common use." You will get through this and hug both of your children tonight."
He reiterated in another tweet hours later, "Judge Kavanaugh, I listened to you talk of your life being ruined. It is not. I listened to you turn yourself into a victim. You are not. What today showed is that you clearly are a partisan and do not have the temperament for the court. Even worse, you are just a bad person."
In his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, Kavanaugh repeatedly emphasized how great a toll Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations against him have had on his family and future. In his opening remarks, the Supreme Court nominee said, "as I predicted, my family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional accusations."
"The consequences will extend long past my nomination," Kavanaugh continued. "The consequences will be with us for decades."
Days before the hearing, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) shared a similar sentiment on Fox News. "What am I supposed to do? Go ahead and ruin this guy's life based on an accusation?" Graham asked. "Unless there's something more, no I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this."
Fred Guttenberg attended the nominee's initial confirmation hearings in early September, gaining attention after seeking a handshake from Kavanaugh and being ignored. Kavanaugh insisted he didn't recognize Guttenberg, and assumed he was a protester. Guttenberg didn't buy the explanation, saying he had been introduced and was very clear about his identity.