Zina Bash, Demystified [VIDEO]
Zina Bash, Demystified [VIDEO]
One of the sideshows from the Brett Kavanaugh
circus confirmation hearings has been his former law clerk, Zina Bash. Actually, Bash didn’t make her presence a sideshow, but members of the liberal Resistance sure turned her into one.
It all started on Tuesday, when blue-check Twitterer Amy Siskind claimed that Bash was flashing a white supremacy hand sign. Siskind deleted her tweet, but the internet and screenshots never forget.
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Another blue-check Resister couldn’t, ahem, resist.
Kavanaugh’s former law clerk Zina Bash is flashing a white power sign behind him during his Senate confirmation hearing. They literally want to bring white supremacy to the Supreme Court. What a national outrage and a disgrace to the rule of law. https://t.co/uQGOpNa6xg
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) September 4, 2018
Bash’s husband, a U.S. attorney appointed by Trump, came to her defense:
“The attacks today on my wife are repulsive. Everyone tweeting this vicious conspiracy theory should be ashamed of themselves. We weren’t even familiar with the hateful symbol being attributed to her for the random way she rested her hand during a long hearing.”
“Zina is Mexican on her mother’s side and Jewish on her father’s side. She was born in Mexico. Her grandparents were Holocaust survivors. We of course have nothing to do with hate groups, which aim to terrorize and demean other people — never have and never would.”
End of story, right? But no — cue Britney Spears — oops, she did it again!
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) September 7, 2018
Once is an accident. Twice is…. another… accident pic.twitter.com/AHjnskswIT
— Matt Novak (@paleofuture) September 7, 2018
Even conservative Trump critic and blogger Patterico wrote that this was intentional trolling:
“Regardless of whether it was an accident the first time or not, and regardless of whether she was unfairly attacked on Day One, doing this on Day Two is absurd.”
“It is, at a minimum, extraordinarily immature, and disrespectful to Kavanaugh — who is, by all accounts, a decent man and a great judge, and who does not deserve this distraction. By Day Two she knows that much of the country sees this symbol, in this context, as an alt right symbol at a minimum, if not a white power symbol. So she sits behind her former employer and deliberately flashes the symbol … to troll the libs??”
Patterico also concluded that Zina Bash shouldn’t return for the third day of the hearings.
However, this “intentional trolling” turned out to be nothing more than a former law clerk asking for some water for Judge Kavanaugh.
Taylor Foy, a spokesman for the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, debunked the conspiracy nuts in a Saturday Washington Post article. He said that Zina Bash had texted a staffer to bring some water for Kavanaugh. “She was simply communicating her thanks” by making the “okay” sign, said Foy.
Watch this video and see for yourself.
To his credit, however, Patterico admitted that he was very, very wrong. He also apologized to Zina Bash and her husband:
It's not a whole lot of fun getting a bunch of retweets for a tweet that non-ironically starts: "I Am an Idiot." But it's not as bad as what Zina Bash has had to go through.
— Patterico (@Patterico) September 8, 2018
Patterico also took to his blog on Saturday to write his mea culpa:
“I utterly screwed the pooch on this one. I’m leaving the post up with a prominent update and a link to this post. You guys were right and I was wrong.”
Kudos to Patterico for admitting his error, especially all over social media. Now if only Sen. “Spartacus” Booker would apologize for his shenanigans at Judge Kavanaugh’s hearing. But I’m not holding my breath.
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