President Donald Trump angered many on the left with the apology he issued to Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family Monday for how they were treated during his confirmation.
'A campaign of political and personal destruction'
Trump made the gesture during a speech before Kavanaugh was ceremonially sworn in as a Supreme Court justice.
"I would like to begin tonight's proceeding differently than perhaps any other event of such magnitude," the president said. "On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure.
"Those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation, not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception," he continued.
"What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process," he concluded.
'This entire thing was a dry run...'
Not everyone agreed with the president, and many on the left were incensed that he would make such a statement.
MSNBC anchor Chris L. Hayes was especially upset, as he saw the gesture as an "dry run" for how Trump might deal with the impending report from special counsel Robert Mueller.
"This is waay waay worse than I imagined and I thought it would be bad," he tweeted.
Holy crap.— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)1539040108.0
Apologizing "on behalf of the American people" Then says he was "proven innocent" https://t.co/vsJYWATobA— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)1539040149.0
This is waay waay worse than I imagined and I thought it would be bad.— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)1539040189.0
I now realize this speech is happening to erase the memory of his Thursday performance so it's not the last thing i… https://t.co/SU3TCfnMNQ— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)1539041394.0
"I now realize this speech is happening to erase the memory of his Thursday performance so it's not the last thing in people's minds before he takes the seat on the court," Hayes concluded.
Just crystallized for me how much this entire thing was a dry run for when Mueller submits his findings.— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)1539042099.0
"Just crystallized for me how much this entire thing was a dry run for when Mueller submits his findings," he added cryptically.
Here's the video of Trump apologizing to Kavanaugh:
Kavanaugh's entrance into the Supreme Court is widely considered to be assuring a conservative majority for the highest court in the land for a generation.