One of the students who survived the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has thrown herself into the crowd of people commenting on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.
Emma Gonzalez, who along with David Hogg has been one of the most prominent faces of the March for Our Lives gun control movement that began in February, made her stance known on Twitter on Friday.
"Call your senators and tell them to vote no for Kavanaugh - the future of our country deserves more than a privileged white boy who’s spent his whole life over-drinking and can’t answer a simple question without acting more immature about it than a 4 year old," Gonzalez wrote on Twitter.
call your senators and tell them to vote no for Kavanaugh - the future of our country deserves more than a privileg… https://t.co/i1YJrIj06c— Emma González (@Emma González) 1538150610.0
What is she talking about?
Although Kavanaugh's nomination was initially called into question because of a sexual assault allegation by Palo Alto, California, professor Christine Blasey Ford, after the hearing Kavanaugh became the target of a different sort of criticism.
Now, some on the left are pointing to Kavanaugh's anger and tone of responses and using that to say he doesn't have the proper temperament to be a Supreme Court justice.
The temperament Brett Kavanaugh displayed during these hearings is questionable for a judge, let alone a Supreme Co… https://t.co/jyyL0QKpkP— Ryan Deitsch (@Ryan Deitsch) 1538078494.0
Yes, Kavanaugh is being criticized for being overly emotional during a hearing in which his career and reputation were on the line. Although it would seem more strange if someone wasn't emotional when defending themselves against sexual assault allegations, that emotion is being used to question his ability to be a fair and impartial judge.
Questions about drinking
The other attack is a narrative that Kavanaugh had a habit of excessive drinking throughout high school in college, which stems from allegations that he was extremely drunk during two instances he's been accused of sexual assault.
Kavanaugh acknowledges that he drank beer through high school and college, but denies that he ever reached the point of blacking out or losing his memory.
Many of the questions Kavanaugh faced from Democrats on Thursday (none of which were about the allegation against him) appeared to be aimed at portraying him as someone who likely could have been so drunk that he didn't remember committing sexual assault.
Still, Kavanaugh's nomination passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday, and will likely see a full Senate vote within the next two weeks, after the FBI finishes its one-week investigation into his past.