U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Kavanaugh was greeted enthusiastically Thursday by most of the 2,000-plus people attending the annual Washington dinner of the Federalist Society, a group whose members helped put him on the court. A handful of demonstrators blew rape whistles at the start of his speech, alluding to the sexual assault allegations that nearly derailed his confirmation.
”I signed up for what I knew would be an ugly process -- maybe not that ugly,” said Kavanaugh, President
In a 35-minute speech, Kavanaugh made no mention of Trump, who hours earlier had
He instead spoke of his love for the World Series champion Washington Nationals, thanked his friends and supporters and complimented his Supreme Court colleagues, including Chief Justice
Kavanaugh teared up briefly while thanking his wife and daughters. “Matt Damon would have made it through this,“ he joked, referring to the Saturday Night Live skit in which Damon lampooned his angry and tearful denial of the assault accusations before a Senate committee.
Kavanaugh was making
The dinner, named after Justice
Kavanaugh remains a subject of controversy and raw feelings 13 months after he narrowly won confirmation in the face of accusations that he committed sexual assault decades ago while in high school. Kavanaugh denied the allegations in an emotional and contentious Senate hearing.
He has kept a low profile since then, maintaining an evenhanded demeanor on the bench and generally taking a measured approach in his opinions. His confirmation reinforced the court’s conservative majority and raised the prospect the court would roll back abortion rights, slash the power of regulatory agencies and bolster gun rights.
Outside Union Station Thursday night, a truck with a huge video screen showed the testimony of
Women dressed as characters from “The Handmaid’s Tale” shouted “Shame! Shame!” at tuxedo- and gown-wearing people waiting to enter.
The dinner is part of a three-day Federalist Society convention that features speeches by Trump-appointed Justice
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