Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was murdered in the tragic Parkland, Florida, mass murder, claimed Tuesday that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh refused to shake his hand during a break in Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation hearing.
"I guess [Kavanaugh] did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence,” Guttenberg claimed.
However, video shows reality does not align with Guttenberg's version of events.
What actually happened?
As the Senate confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh recessed for lunch, Guttenberg moved toward Kavanaugh and extended his hand to shake hands with Kavanaugh. He told the judge his daughter was among the 17 people killed in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Initial video that circulated on social media showed Kavanaugh look at Guttenberg, then turn and walk away as security ushered him out of the room. A picture that captured the moment generated outrage as it circulated online.
But then a better angle of the encounter told the true story.
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White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah explained: "As Judge Kavanaugh left for his lunch break, an unidentified individual approached him. Before the Judge was able to shake his hand, security had intervened."
Here's another angle:
Why was Guttenberg there?
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member, invited Guttenberg. Both are pro-gun control.
On Monday, the day prior the handshake incident, Guttenberg vowed to work to ensure that Kavanaugh is not confirmed to the Supreme Court.