John Bash is the husband of Zina Bash, the woman sitting behind Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate confirmation process hearing on day one. Zina Bash’s name went viral as users tried to figure out who she was and what her relationship is to Kavanaugh (she’s an aide on his Supreme Court team), then it exploded when some users questioned whether Bash was making the white power symbol with her fingers on television.
John Bash took to Twitter to denounce anyone who believed his wife had participated in any act related to a hate group immediately after the event.
Bash is a U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Bash Took to Twitter to Denounce Those Who Believed His Wife Had Made a White Power Sign
The attacks today on my wife are repulsive. Everyone tweeting this vicious conspiracy theory should be ashamed of themselves. We weren’t even familiar with the hateful symbol being attributed to her for the random way she rested her hand during a long hearing. 1/3
— US Attorney John Bash (@USAttyBash) September 4, 2018
A few hours after Twitter went viral with questions about Bash’s hand position during Kavanaugh’s hearing, John Bash took to Twitter to set the record straight. Over the course of three tweets, Bash wrote,
“The attacks today on my wife are repulsive. Everyone tweeting this vicious conspiracy theory should be ashamed of themselves. We weren’t even familiar with the hateful symbol being attributed to her for the random way she rested her hand during a long hearing. Zina is Mexican on her mother’s side and Jewish on her father’s side. She was born in Mexico. Her grandparents were Holocaust survivors. We of course have nothing to do with hate groups, which aim to terrorize and demean other people — never have and never would. Some of the Twitter comments have even referred to our baby daughter. I know that there are good folks on both sides of the political divide. I hope that people will clearly condemn this idiotic and sickening accusation.”
2. Bash Was Sworn in by Brett Kavanaugh in April
John Bash (right) is sworn in April 12, 2018 at the Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas as President Trump’s appointee as the new U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas by Brett M. Kavanaugh (left) as Bash’s wife Zina Bash (center) looks on.