Parkland Dad Responds To Kavanaugh: 'Your Life and Family Are Not Ruined'

"You will get through this and hug both of your children tonight," Fred Guttenberg wrote in response to Kavanaugh's tesimony on Thursday.

Fred Guttenberg, the father of one of the victims of the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, responded to Brett Kavanaugh's testimony on Thursday, telling the Supreme Court nominee his life is "not ruined."

"Justice Kavanaugh your life and family are not ruined," he wrote 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."

On Thursday, Kavanaugh and professor Christine Blasey Ford both testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in regard to her allegations that he sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. While Ford remained measured and composed during the length of her testimony,  Kavanaugh became angry and temperamental during his time on the stand. 

"My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional accusations," he said, later suggesting that Ford's allegations are part of a "calculated and orchestrated political hit" orchestrated by Democrats to keep him off the Supreme Court.

During and after his testimony, Guttenberg — who memorably tried to shake Kavanaugh's hand on the first day of his confirmation hearings but was rebuffed — took to Twitter to send the judge a message.

"Judge Kavanaugh, I listened to you talk of your life being ruined. It is not," he wrote. "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."

Guttenberg continued to hit back at Kavanaugh early Friday morning, accusing him of painting himself as a victim. "The Kavanaugh as victim really infuriated me," he tweeted, later adding: " My family and I, we are victims of gun violence. I never get my daughter back. He deeply misunderstands what it means to be a victim."

Though there were questions whether Thursday's hearing would further delay the vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, Republicans opted to proceed as scheduled with a key committee vote on Friday. A full Senate confirmation vote could take place as soon as early next week.

Cover image via REUTERS/Joshua Roberts. 


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