Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh said that he was grateful and optimistic on Thursday during his first major public appearance since his confirmation a year ago, The New York Post reported.
The newest addition to the nation’s high court did admit that the past year and a half, while he was being considered and eventually confirmed and in his position, were eventful. However, he cited the Washington Capitals capturing the Stanley Cup and the Washington Nationals winning the World Series as being the noteworthy events in what seemed an effort to keep the conversation light.
“In between, I got a new job,” he said, which garnered him a standing ovation.
Kavanaugh made his comments at a dinner of more than 2,000 members of the Federalist Society at Washington’s Union Station, which is a conservative legal organization who makes it their business to champion judges appointed by conservatives, like President Donald Trump, which including Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch, according to the Post.
The justice’s remarks lasted less than 30 minutes and he included in his comments much praise for his fellow justices, gratitude for his position and sports references.
Kavanaugh, did, however, admit that his friends “paid a heavy price, too heavy a price” for their support of his nomination during the confirmation hearings.
“I’m well aware of that and it pains me daily,” he said, referring to some losing business and being insulted and even threatened.
The judge did, however, primarily avoid making any reference to the allegations leveled against him by Christine Blasey Ford who alleged that he had sexually assaulted her over 30 years ago.
Though Kavanaugh was confirmed, largely along party lines in a 50-48 vote, his presence on the court has been riddled with controversy and police escorted a few protesters from the station at the start of his talk.
According to the Post, “The liberal activist group Demand Justice, which wants Congress to impeach Kavanaugh, placed a huge video screen outside the station that played Ford’s testimony. A long line of dinner guests, many in tuxedos and gowns, snaked past women dressed in red robes, like characters from Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’”
Written by Savannah Pointer.