When cameras at Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing caught sight of a woman named Zina Bash, a Republican lawyer, with her arm resting in a position that allowed her index finger and thumb to almost touch—a purportedly racist gesture—a conspiracy theory broke out on social media, accusing Bash of signaling her support of white nationalism.
As it turned out, Bash’s background is both Mexican and Jewish, and more importantly, as far as we know, she’s never uttered a prejudiced word in her entire life, much less participated in an alt-right signaling scheme. Of course, even if Bash were a blue-eyed, blond Protestant, the accusation would have been completely bananas.
In another incident, a picture of Kavanaugh allegedly declining to shake hands with Fred Guttenberg, the father of a girl murdered in Parkland, Florida, went viral. The belief—this one spread not only by “Resistance” activists but also by pundits, reporters, and senators—was that Kavanaugh, a heartless corporate elitist stooge of the gun industry, refused to demonstrate even a perfunctory kindness toward a gun victim’s parent.
In reality, a video shows that Kavanaugh was approached by a stranger in a room filled with protesters griping at him all day. Security quickly intervened. Guttenberg, though, went on CNN and other networks and asserted that Kavanaugh recognized the bracelets he wears to commemorate his daughter and called security to avoid the interaction. This seems highly unlikely, yet no one, as far as I know, has even challenged the contention.
In the hyperactive imagination of people who think the Russians have stolen their free will and vote, anyone supporting President Donald Trump and, by extension, anyone supporting his Supreme Court nominee—an establishmentarian who worked for not only the suddenly admired President George W. Bush but also Elena Kagan, a current Supreme Court justice, at Harvard—is merely in league with bigots who’ve taken power in an effort to knock off poor children for the oligarchy.
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