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Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Eats His Spaghetti Topped With Ketchup

No wonder he earned Donald Trump’s endorsement

A close up shot of Brett Kavanaugh with a furrowed brow.
Kavanaugh, thinking of spaghetti topped with actual tomato sauce.
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United States Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy left by retiring justice Anthony Kennedy, is currently undergoing his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate. While some may believe Kavanaugh earned the nom because of his views on whether a sitting U.S. president can face trial, which may be of this president’s interest, perhaps it is actually the judge’s terrible dietary habits that endeared him to Trump. Kavanaugh eats his spaghetti topped with ketchup, per Esquire.

Senator Orrin Hatch had the floor during Tuesday’s hearing, which he used to drool praise onto Kavanaugh’s head and confirm a long-running theory about the nominee. “You are the sort of person many of us would like to have as a friend and colleague. You also apparently like to eat pasta with ketchup. But nobody is perfect,” Hatch said.

That’s right, an 84-year-old from Utah poked fun at Kavanaugh’s bland diet. Sen. Hatch was referring to a recent report from the Yale Daily News, in which a former classmate of Kavanaugh’s revealed his preferred culinary abomination. On the rare occasions Kavanaugh expanded his palate, he did not take too many risks. “When he had spaghetti sauce, it was Ragu — he didn’t want anything spicier than that,” Steve Hartmann, associate general counsel at Verizon, told the Daily News. Trump is known for eating well-done steaks bathed in ketchup; he and his nominee are perfect dinner companions.

Kavanaugh graduated from Yale Law in 1990, the same year Martin Scorsese’s mob classic, Goodfellas, arrived in theaters. In the movie’s final scene, Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta, offers an example of his pathetic life in the Federal Witness Protection Program: “Can’t even get decent food,” Hill says. “Right after I got here, I ordered spaghetti with marinara sauce and I got egg noodles and ketchup.” To each their own.

It’s Confirmed: Brett Kavanaugh Eats Pasta with Ketchup Like a Monster [Esquire]
A Sports Junkie Who Ate Pasta With Letchup: Law School Friends Reflect on Kavanaugh’s Time at YLS [YDN]
Brett Kavanaugh Wrote That Presidents Shouldn’t Be “Distracted” by Criminal Investigations [Vox]
Of Course Donald Trump Puts Ketchup on His Steak [E]