Scarborough tears into Kavanaugh for not shaking hands with Parkland father

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Wednesday lashed out at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for not shaking hands with the father of a student killed in the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting earlier this year.

"He owes him an apology. Forget the politics of it ... talk about the humanity of it. He owes him an apology," Scarborough said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Scarborough was reacting to an episode during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing on Tuesday in which the father, Fred Guttenberg, approached him during a break in the session.


Guttenberg said he introduced himself and reached out to shake Kavanaugh's hand, but the judge ignored him and walked away.

The White House pushed back on Guttenberg's version of events, claiming security intervened before the judge was able to shake the man's hand. 

Scarborough, a former GOP congressman from Florida, took aim on Wednesday at those who have defended Kavanaugh, accusing them of letting a "lack of humanity" take a back seat to their support for the conservative judge.

"In what should have been a joyous year, [Guttenberg] has to go take flowers to her graveside, and Brett Kavanaugh can't shake the guy's hand, and then 20 minutes later, he sends his security detail out to harass him," Scarborough said.

"Yeah, please, please, get on your blog this morning and defend that lack of humanity, because you're pro-life," he continued. "Please, come at me. Attack me with your stupid words, because you're pro-life."

He suggested Kavanaugh's defenders should instead say they support the judge's nomination, but urge him to apologize to Guttenberg.

Kavanaugh is set to return to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for a second day of what is expected to be a week of contentious confirmation hearings.