Justice Kavanaugh has never been more popular.
Despite several witnesses claiming he did nefarious things (many of whom have now recanted their stories), the attacks didn’t stick.
He’s now Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh and the attendees at the Federalist Society dinner seem to like him….a lot!
Take a look at this long standing ovation after his name was mentioned:
The Hill had more on the story:
Newly-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh received a standing ovation at the conservative Federalist Society's annual convention at the Mayflower hotel in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
Video of Kavanaugh's introduction posted on Twitter by BuzzFeed News reporter Zoe Tillman shows Kavanaugh being met with loud applause and cheers from the crowd as the conservative justice was introduced.
Kavanaugh's appearance at the group's annual National Lawyers Convention in Washington was one of the justice's first public appearances since his contentious but successful confirmation battle last month.
The Federalist Society, a conservative judicial policy group, is thought to have pitched Kavanaugh's nomination to President Trump and the group's president, Leonard Leo, has advised Trump for months on judicial nominees at various levels.
The story initially broke on BuzzFeedNews:
US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh received an enthusiastic welcome at this year’s Federalist Society convention, with hundreds of members of the influential conservative lawyers group erupting into cheers and applause when his name was announced at the kick-off dinner Thursday night.
Kavanaugh was one of four justices to attend the black-tie–optional Antonin Scalia Memorial Dinner, held in the cavernous, statue-lined hall of Union Station in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was the last justice in attendance announced — justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch were also there — and the standing ovation he received lasted nearly a minute.
The dinner marked Kavanaugh’s first public appearance since his bruising confirmation process. The conservative legal community largely rallied around Kavanaugh after allegations surfaced accusing him of committing sexual assault in high school and college — claims that he vigorously denied — and his appearance at the dinner represented a victory celebration.
Gorsuch was the headline speaker at the dinner last year, spurring speculation that Kavanaugh, as the newest justice, might speak this year. The absence of an announcement of a keynote speaker until the day of the dinner fueled the rumor mill. But in the end, it wasn’t Kavanaugh; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former White House counsel Don McGahn were on tap to speak. A Federalist Society source said Kavanaugh would be announced at the dinner as next year’s speaker.