The weekend’s outrage over a group of Catholic schoolboys from Kentucky, wearing MAGA hats, was based on a false narrative created by an attention seeking Native American and picked up by major media as gospel only continues to prove how the media’s hatred of President Donald J. Trump influences their coverage or non-coverage of events.
The incident, depicted as a group of schoolboys mocking a Native American Vietnam veteran, with the use of a 20 second clip (from a 2-hour video) and some screenshots. While on the surface, the clip looked heinous and with the Native’s narrative that he was surrounded and harassed by these boys made it look like a bunch of hillbilly hick children from Kentucky expressing their racism.
Mainstream media, lefties and Hollywood celebrities jumped on the story, it fit right into the narrative they have been trying to create since the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency, that all his supporters are racist hicks who on the drop of a hat are willing to express their hatred against any target they deem “non-white”, because of course, Donald Trump and all his supporters are White supremacists or alt-right. The problem was, however, that the story was not true.
Dismissing for the purpose of this piece the extreme unprofessionalism (they did not verify sources, nor did they watch the long-form video) shown by the media and the obvious bias, (would such an uproar have been created if the students were Black and harassing a white guy?) I’m more concerned by the reaction of celebrities over this incident.
It seems odd to me that certain celebrities get fired and drummed out of the business for tweeting stupidity, while others can say what they please unbothered. Take Kathy Griffin for example, her tweet of a picture of her holding a depiction of President Trump’s bleeding head in a strange homage to ISIS, got her fired from CNN, but not drummed out of the business. Media still covers her ridiculousness and she’s still the darling of the left. Her tweets regarding the Kentucky student demanding their names so she can dox them, seems creepy, based on the fact that barely any of the kids involved in this incident are over 16 years old.
New York Times contributor Kara Swisher suggested in a tweet that she was considering finding “every one of these shitty kids and giving them a piece of my mind” she then referred to them as Nazis and nationalists. CNN’s Bakari Seller suggested that the kids should be “punched in the face”. CNN’s Ana Navarro called the kids “asswipes” and congratulated the parents for teaching them “bigotry” and “racism”. So much for objective journalism.
Kara Swisher compared the MAGA hat child to Nazi Rolf in The Sound of Music, author Reza Aslan asked if “you’ve ever seen a more punchable face” while displaying a picture of the Maga boy. Buzzfeed’s Anne Helen Petersen posted a picture of the young man and Justice Brett Kavanaugh (who was also falsely accused of horrific things), calling them the “look of patriarchy”.
The children involved in the incident and their families started getting death threats, and only on Monday, after the 2-hour video went viral did the celebrities start deleting their tweets. Only a few of them issued apologies.
On Monday afternoon, Nick Sandmann, the boy in the picture released a statement. It was covered by the now retreating and quite embarrassed mainstream media. This is what Sandmann wrote:
“I am providing this factual account of what happened on Friday afternoon at the Lincoln Memorial to correct misinformation and outright lies being spread about my family and me.
I am the student in the video who was confronted by the Native American protestor. I arrived at the Lincoln Memorial at 4:30 p.m. I was told to be there by 5:30 p.m., when our busses were due to leave Washington for the trip back to Kentucky. We had been attending the March for Life rally, and then had split up into small groups to do sightseeing.
When we arrived, we noticed four African American protestors who were also on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I am not sure what they were protesting, and I did not interact with them. I did hear them direct derogatory insults at our school group.
The protestors said hateful things. They called us “racists,” “bigots,” “white crackers,” “faggots,” and “incest kids.” They also taunted an African American student from my school by telling him that we would “harvest his organs.” I have no idea what that insult means, but it was startling to hear.
Because we were being loudly attacked and taunted in public, a student in our group asked one of our teacher chaperones for permission to begin our school spirit chants to counter the hateful things that were being shouted at our group. The chants are commonly used at sporting events. They are all positive in nature and sound like what you would hear at any high school. Our chaperone gave us permission to use our school chants. We would not have done that without obtaining permission from the adults in charge of our group.
At no time did I hear any student chant anything other than the school spirit chants. I did not witness or hear any students chant “build that wall” or anything hateful or racist at any time. Assertions to the contrary are simply false. Our chants were loud because we wanted to drown out the hateful comments that were being shouted at us by the protestors.
After a few minutes of chanting, the Native American protestors, who I hadn’t previously noticed, approached our group. The Native American protestors had drums and were accompanied by at least one person with a camera.
The protestor everyone has seen in the video began playing his drum as he waded into the crowd, which parted for him. I did not see anyone try to block his path. He locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face. He played his drum the entire time he was in my face.
I never interacted with this protestor. I did not speak to him. I did not make any hand gestures or other aggressive moves. To be honest, I was startled and confused as to why he had approached me. We had already been yelled at by another group of protestors, and when the second group approached I was worried that a situation was getting out of control where adults were attempting to provoke teenagers.
I believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping to diffuse the situation. I realized everyone had cameras and that perhaps a group of adults was trying to provoke a group of teenagers into a larger conflict. I said a silent prayer that the situation would not get out of hand.
During the period of the drumming, a member of the protestor’s entourage began yelling at a fellow student that we “stole our land” and that we should “go back to Europe.” I heard one of my fellow students begin to respond. I motioned to my classmate and tried to get him to stop engaging with the protestor, as I was still in the mindset that we needed to calm down tensions.
I never felt like I was blocking the Native American protestor. He did not make any attempt to go around me. It was clear to me that he had singled me out for a confrontation, although I am not sure why.
The engagement ended when one of our teachers told me the busses had arrived and it was time to go. I obeyed my teacher and simply walked to the busses. At that moment, I thought I had diffused the situation by remaining calm, and I was thankful nothing physical had occurred.
I never understood why either of the two groups of protestors were engaging with us, or exactly what they were protesting at the Lincoln Memorial. We were simply there to meet a bus, not become central players in a media spectacle. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever encountered any sort of public protest, let alone this kind of confrontation or demonstration.
I was not intentionally making faces at the protestor. I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation. I am a faithful Christian and practicing Catholic, and I always try to live up to the ideals my faith teaches me — to remain respectful of others, and to take no action that would lead to conflict or violence.
I harbor no ill will for this person. I respect this person’s right to protest and engage in free speech activities, and I support his chanting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial any day of the week. I believe he should re-think his tactics of invading the personal space of others, but that is his choice to make.
I am being called every name in the book, including a racist, and I will not stand for this mob-like character assassination of my family’s name. My parents were not on the trip, and I strive to represent my family in a respectful way in all public settings.
I have received physical and death threats via social media, as well as hateful insults. One person threatened to harm me at school, and one person claims to live in my neighborhood. My parents are receiving death and professional threats because of the social media mob that has formed over this issue.
I love my school, my teachers and my classmates. I work hard to achieve good grades and to participate in several extracurricular activities. I am mortified that so many people have come to believe something that did not happen — that students from my school were chanting or acting in a racist fashion toward African Americans or Native Americans. I did not do that, do not have hateful feelings in my heart, and did not witness any of my classmates doing that.
I cannot speak for everyone, only for myself. But I can tell you my experience with Covington Catholic is that students are respectful of all races and cultures. We also support everyone’s right to free speech.
I am not going to comment on the words or account of Mr. Phillips, as I don’t know him and would not presume to know what is in his heart or mind. Nor am I going to comment further on the other protestors, as I don’t know their hearts or minds, either.
I have read that Mr. Phillips is a veteran of the United States Marines. I thank him for his service and am grateful to anyone who puts on the uniform to defend our nation. If anyone has earned the right to speak freely, it is a U.S. Marine veteran.
I can only speak for myself and what I observed and felt at the time. But I would caution everyone passing judgement based on a few seconds of video to watch the longer video clips that are on the internet, as they show a much different story than is being portrayed by people with agendas.
I provided this account of events to the Diocese of Covington so they may know exactly what happened, and I stand ready and willing to cooperate with any investigation they are conducting.”
What a mature reaction from a young teen who has gone through hell over the weekend. His Christian values really come through in the statement and Covington Catholic High School and his parents should be proud of him.
As for the celebrities that promoted violence on young teenagers, they should be driven out of Hollywood, they should be shunned for suggesting that a minor or anyone should be hurt. That, of course, won’t happen. When some celebrities suggested that President Trump’s then 11-year-old son be molested and killed, not a peep from the left and the people making the statements are still working in the business. When sex abuse allegations cropped up against Woody Allen, not a sound. When Roman Polanski was convicted and ran to Europe to escape jail, he was given an Academy Award. When Victor Salva got out of jail for molesting a young boy on the set of a movie he directed, he was immediately given a director’s job for the Jeeper’s Creepers movie franchise, which featured half naked young men. X-Men Director Bryan Singer has been accused multiple times of sex abuse against young actors, yet Hollywood continues to employ him.
Hollywood is very forgiving to leftist offenders, not so much for Republicans. When Roseanne Barr released an ambiguous tweet that some deemed racist, she was immediately fired from her hit tv series and drummed out of the business. The hypocrisy is astounding.
The moral of this sordid tale? Quite simply, mainstream media will believe any story if it makes the President look bad. They still have not accepted that Hillary lost and never will. To them President Trump is an illegitimate President and they feel it is their job to get him impeached, no matter what.
Unfortunately, at the end of the day, all that leaves us with is a media we can’t trust and a crazy lefty population that is ready and willing to attack and destroy the lives of anyone who gets in their ideological way, even young schoolboys who innocently got caught up in a non-newsworthy situation that intentionally got blown out of proportion with the sole intention of destroying the President. How sad.