Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has faced serious criticism since his congressional confirmation hearings, but one writer for The Atlantic expressed his concerns in particularly stark terms.
In a recent tweet, McKay Coppins promoted a piece titled: “Is Brett Kavanaugh Out for Revenge?”
“A cult or a street gang”
“Conservatives want to weaponize his bitterness,” the writer asserted. “Liberals are inviting him over for dinner.”
Coppins argued that “a generation of jurisprudence” could hinge on whether Kavanaugh seeks revenge in his position on the nation’s highest court.
Going on to provide insights and speculation about Kavanaugh’s life, particularly his young adult years, the opinion piece attempts to answer the question posed in its title.
At one point, Coppins claimed that if the justice had grown up under different circumstances, he could have ended up in “a cult or a street gang.”
Instead, the writer noted that Kavanaugh pledged to the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Yale University, which consisted of certain rituals that led to a comparison to cults or gangs.
“Relished being part of a team”
Overall, Coppins’ piece appears to struggle in maintaining a unifying logical thread, but he continues his speculative diatribe to focus on the issue of athletics. In fact, it is through Kavanaugh’s experiences as a fan of and participant in organized sports that taught him “the virtues of partisanship” before he entered the political realm.
Early in his life, the justice “rooted fanatically for the teams he inherited, the Redskins and the Bullets,” Coppins wrote, noting that he later “developed a close-knit group of friends at Georgetown Prep and performed his allegiance with try-hard zeal.”
Describing him as something short of “a standout athlete,” the article asserted that Kavanaugh “relished being part of a team — the nicknames and the inside jokes, the camaraderie born of a common cause, no matter how pointless or juvenile.”
Kavanaugh’s 2018 confirmation hearings began with hostility from Democrats, including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who has since become the nation’s vice president. She said on the first day of the confirmation process that she was “concerned” that the nominee would be loyal to then-President Donald Trump “and not to the U.S. Constitution.”
While Coppins might have struggled to connect the dots laid out in his own argument, his article might just tell you more about his ideology than it says about Kavanaugh.