- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Liberals erupted on social media this week after a Washington Post op-ed from a Maryland widow and friend of President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, praised the judge as a “carpool dad” and a “great guy.”

Julie O’Brien, of Chevy Chase, wrote that her daughter and Judge Kavanaugh’s oldest daughter have been classmates for seven years. She praised Judge Kavanaugh’s “positive attitude and calm demeanor” while he coaches two girls’ sixth-grade basketball teams and acts as a “mentor to student-athletes who love basketball.” She said Judge Kavanaugh often acts as a “carpool dad,” shuttling students to and from practices, games and activities.

More personally, Judge Kavanaugh took Ms. O’Brien’s daughter under his wing when Ms. O’Brien’s husband died a few years ago, she wrote.

“One of the many difficult aspects of that loss was that my daughter had no one to accompany her to the school’s annual father-daughter dance,” she wrote. “That first year — and every year since my husband’s passing — Brett has stepped forward to take my daughter to the dance alongside his own.”

Ms. O’Brien acknowledged that none of the traits she mentioned alone would qualify someone for the Supreme Court, “[b]ut as someone who would bring to his work the traits of personal kindness, leadership and willingness to help when called on, he would receive a unanimous verdict in his favor from those who know him.”

Liberals on social media slammed Ms. O’Brien’s op-ed as a puff piece and chastised The Washington Post for publishing it.

Conservatives, on the other hand, praised the piece as providing insight on Judge Kavanaugh as a person.

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