During hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee of President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, writer and leftist activist Amy Siskind tweeted a photograph of White House aide Zina Bash. Bash was seated behind Kavanaugh during the hearing and was in full view of cameras. Some observers accused her of looking smug or smirking while Democrats intervened in the hearing. Siskind accompanied a photo of Bash with a comment: “What fresh hell is this? Kavanaugh’s assistant Zina Bash giving the white power sign right behind him during the hearing? This alone should be disqualify!!!” Siskind was joined by numerous progressives and others on Twitter.
In the photo, Bash makes a motion that looks like the “okay” sign.
Zina is a friend of mine, and I’ve never heard her utter a racist remark. She was born in Mexico and is raising a beautiful family in her adopted home. Try not to let your lunacy shade into slander of good people. https://t.co/JaUErd8gGh— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) September 4, 2018
Bash, 36, has worked in Washington for 10 years. She worked for Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Her husband is U.S. Attorney John Bash III of the Western District of Texas. A graduate of Harvard, in 2007 she became a clerk for Kavanaugh. Bash worked in the White House for President Trump, formulating immigration initiatives on the Domestic Policy Council as Special Assistant to the president. She was later named to the staff of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. She then became member of Kavanaugh’s confirmation team.
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. pic.twitter.com/uQGOpNa6xg— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) September 4, 2018
In addition, Bash was a director on Ted Cruz’s ill-fated presidential campaign in 2016. In July 2017, Bash listed as one of Washington D.C.’s 50 Most Beautiful people by The Hill. Her husband is U.S. Attorney John Bash III of the Western District of Texas. A former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, John Bash was sworn into the role of U.S. Attorney in April 2018. He was quoted by media at the time that he plans to make immigration the focus of his work at the Department of Justice.
Zina Bash’s father is Dr. Lawrence Richard Gelman, who has been identified as a physician who practices in the Rio Grande valley area. Gelman is a second-generation Polish-American Jew whose parents escaped the Holocaust. He met his wife, Maria Esperanza, in Mexico, and married in 1979. He wrote and produced a video documentary called, The Hoax of Man-Made Global Warming. He has called climate activists “hucksters” who “perpetrate a convenient lie.”
This is Zina Gelman Bash, a White House lawyer and the granddaughter of Polish Jews who just barely escaped the death camps. Take a bow. https://t.co/MpN6TT3f2Z— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) September 4, 2018