Emotional Brett Kavanaugh expresses gratitude for friends and family at White House ceremony

October 10, 2018

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Fighting for his life just two weeks ago in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Brett Kavanaugh was moved to tears as he recalled his daughters prayers from the night before the crucial hearings that would decide his fate on the Supreme Court.

Associate Justice Kavanaugh could breathe a sigh of relief on Monday as he took part in an informal swearing-in ceremony at the White House in preparation to take the bench as America’s 114th Supreme Court justice. If there were any doubts regarding the high esteem that Kavanaugh reserves for his friends and family, they disappeared as he choked back his emotions during a short speech following his televised oath of office.


Monday’s ceremony was unofficial after Kavanaugh participated in a formal swearing-in ceremony at the Court Saturday evening. Just hours after the Senate voted to confirm him 50-to-48, Kavanaugh received the constitutional oath from Chief Justice John Roberts, and the judicial oath of office from retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Kavanaugh is expected to swing the Supreme Court solidly conservative for a generation to come, explaining why Democrats have worked so ardently to defeat his nomination. However, the 53-year-old justice admitted that he couldn’t have come this far without a supportive cast of friends and family to help shepherd him through the tough times.

“When I give advice to young people or speak to students, I tell them, cherish your friends, look out for your friends, lift up your friends, love your friends,” Kavanaugh told the room full of supporters. “I love all my friends.”

Next, Kavanaugh addressed his family. “My daughters, Margaret and Liza, are smart, strong, awesome girls. They’re in the middle of fall lacrosse, looking forward to the upcoming basketball season,” he said, turning around to speak directly to his girls. “I thank their teachers for giving them the day off tomorrow so that they can come watch two cases being argued at the Supreme Court.”

The newest justice has doted on his daughters in front of the press before. For example, in a press conference announcing his nomination, Kavanaugh spoke passionately about his children, explaining, “I tried to create bonds with my daughters like my dad created with me. For the last seven years, I coached my daughters’ basketball teams. The girls on the teams call me coach K,” revealed Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh’s daughters had to be escorted out of their father’s confirmation hearings when the tone became decidedly combative early last month. Protestors repeatedly disrupted the hearings with shouts of “Cancel Brett Kavanaugh,” prompting Ashley Kavanaugh to take her daughters away.

Victory lap

The Kavanaugh family experienced this sort of chaos even before the uncorroborated allegations of sexual assault first surfaced on Sept. 12. Kavanaugh’s wife has stood by his side throughout the entire process, unwavering in her support.

For her steadfast loyalty, Justice Kavanaugh was especially thankful to his wife at Monday’s swearing-in, calling her a “rock” and telling journalists that he thanks God every day for his family and good fortune.

Kavanaugh’s remarks came after President Donald Trump took a verbal victory lap regarding his confirmation, telling the White House press pool that Kavanaugh had been “proven innocent” of the last-minute accusations of sexual misconduct. Furthermore, Trump apologized to Brett Kavanaugh for the “suffering” he endured throughout the confirmation hearing.

While some Democrats suggested that Kavanaugh’s emotional testimony before the Senate should disqualify him from serving on the Supreme Court, Trump applauded his fiery monologue during the supplemental confirmation hearings. The newest Justice certainly is passionate when it comes to his family, as he has every right to be — and which has nothing to do with his already-proven track record as a jurist.


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Benjamin Baird

Benjamin Baird is a senior staff writer for the Conservative Institute. He is a veteran infantryman of Iraq and Afghanistan with over 1000 days in combat and holds a degree in Middle Eastern studies from the American Military University. Ben is Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and has written for dozens of conservative publications, including The Daily Caller, American Spectator, American Thinker, New English Review and Jewish News Syndicate.