Trump Apologizes to Justice Brett Kavanaugh at White House Swearing-In CeremonyÂ
- Well, Supreme Court AssociateJustice Brett Kavanaugh
heard his first caseson the high court today.
President Trump held aceremonial swearing in
at the White House Monday night.
The sitting Supreme CourtJustices were all there,
as well as Senate leaders
who helped secure his confirmation.
The President expressed his sorrow
that the process turned so ugly.
- On behalf of our nation,I want to apologize
to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family
for the terrible pain and suffering
you have been forced to endure.
- [Announcer] ThePresident also lashed out
at those who opposed his nominee,
calling the situation disgraceful.
Kavanaugh described theconfirmation process
as quote, "contentious and emotional,"
but said he has no bitterness.
- And Jason Yates is theCEO of My Faith Votes,
and he joins us now.
Jason, thanks for being with us.
- Thanks so much, Jenna.
Thanks for having me.
- Jason, you wrote anarticle calling on Americans
to respect the dignityand sincerity of beliefs
of those who havedifferent values from you.
What made you decideto write this article?
- Well, this confirmation hearing
has both revealed andmagnified the political divide
in our nation, and it's affectingevery area of our lives,
including the church.
And we just need to reallystep back and recognize
that we can't allow thepolitical environment
to affect how we live out our faith,
how we network and involve,be involved in relationships
with our neighbors, our communities,
and so we've gotta all step back
and think about how this is impacting us.
- Now, Jason, do you think this bitter,
partisan battle that we saw play out,
do you think this hasjust become the new normal
when it comes to politics?
- Well, that's the scary thing about it,
and we all need to step back.
I think worst of all, thisconfirmation hearing, Jenna,
it was made to be about whether or not
we respect and honor women.
I think it was a false choice,
and that's why I'mcalling on all Christians,
especially Christian men,
to recognize that womenare image-bearers of God.
They are not images to beworshiped or tossed aside.
We need to think about who they are
and who they're made in Christ,
and respect that and do what we can
to seek to end abuse of all kinds.
- With the midtermsjust weeks away, Jason,
many have been saying thatthe Kavanaugh situation
has really energized voterson both sides of the aisle
to get out to the polls.
What's kind of your sense on that?
- Well, I think it's absolutely true.
It's on both sides,
and there is significant opportunity.
We think so much about House,
the Congress and the Senate races,
but, Jenna, there are70,000 elections happening
across the nation in November,
everything from school boardsall the way up to the Senate,
and so, there's a greatamount of influence
and we have to be inspired and motivated,
not just about the federal level,
but what's happening at theschool board level as well.
- Yep, all levels.
Well, your organization, My Faith Votes.
Tell us about that andwhy it's so important
for Christians to take partin the political process.
- We got started in 2016.
We were blessed to becoined by Dr. Ben Carson
who was our honorary chairman at the time,
now he's part of the administration,
and we're equally blessed tohave Governor Mike Huckabee
be our honorary chairman at this point.
We believe that our faithhas something essential
to contribute to our, theproblems in our country,
and so we are encouragingChristians to get out
and to bring the good of their faith
to the political process
so that God can be honored in America.
- Jason Yates with My Faith Votes.
Thank you so much for your time.