US Attorney John Bash defends wife against claims she flashed white supremacist symbol during Brett Kavanaugh hearing
Zina Bash was caught on camera flashing an 'OK' symbol, which is considered to represent 'white power' and is commonly associated with members of the alt-right
US Attorney John Bash has come out to defend his wife from claims that she purposely flashed a white supremacist symbol during the hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In an incident that went viral on social media, Zina Bash was caught on video flashing what appeared to be the 'OK' sign — one that has been commonly associated with members of the alt-right.
Zina was present at the event because of her connection to Kavanaugh. She was formerly a law clerk for the Supreme Court nominee and was seated directly behind Kavanaugh at the hearing, putting her in clear view of the cameras. The symbol was noticed by a few eagle-eyed netizens who did not take it to it too kindly.
zina bash....sitting normal....checks phone...reads something...sitting not normal pic.twitter.com/RdEdIK3QKG— m i t h (@ManInTheHoody) 4 September 2018
One user wrote, "Kavanaugh’s former law clerk Zina Bash is flashing a white power sign behind him during his Senate confirmation hearing. They literally want to bring white supremacy to the Supreme Court. What a national outrage and a disgrace to the rule of law." Another similarly posted, "Incredibly horrible human sitting next to Kavanaugh is ZINA BASH, a multimillionaire advisor to Trump who's been on the staff of several prominent Republicans. She's been making a white power symbol most of the time she's been on camera."
A more restrained commenter wrote, "I must admit that it does appear that Zina Bash flashed the white power sign on TV today, but it’s also entirely possible that it was not on purpose. Let’s not stoop to the same level as the right and their conspiracy theories. We are better than this."
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
Taking to social media, Bash said neither he nor his wife was aware that the symbol was commonly associated with white supremacists until netizens on social media began pointing it out and criticizing her. He said the attacks on his wife were "repulsive" and that the accusations were "idiotic and sickening."
"The attacks today on my wife are repulsive," he wrote. "Everyone tweeting this vicious conspiracy theory should be ashamed of themselves. We aren't even familiar with the hateful symbol being attributed to her for the random way she rested her hand during a long hearing. "
Bash also explained why it was incomprehensible that his wife could have flashed a symbol associated with a group that often sympathizes with Nazis. "Zina is a Mexican on her mother's side and Jewish on her father's side," he posted. "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," he continued. "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."
My friend Zina Bash, whose father is Polish-American Jew (whose parents escaped the Holocaust) and mother immigrated from Mexico is not a white supremacist. https://t.co/4SuZzSSq05— Ilya Shapiro (@ishapiro) 4 September 2018
Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institut and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review, also came to Zina's defense. "My friend Zina Bash, whose father is Polish-American Jew (whose parents escaped the Holocaust) and mother immigrated from Mexico, is not a white supremacist," he wrote.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Zina is a member of President Donald Trump's transition and domestic policy team and worked alongside senior adviser Stephen Miller in crafting the administration's controversial immigration policy. She has not yet commented on the recent furor.