Video footage was released last week that showed students mocking a Native American army veteran. The main focus of the videos was a student wearing a MAGA hat who was seen staring down at the vet.
However, more clips have been released that revealed that the students were initially harassed by another group before the confrontation with the Native American. Now President Donald Trump has given his take on the matter.
Nick Sandmann is the junior from Covington Catholic High School who is in the forefront of the controversy. He was filmed smirking and smiling at Native American army veteran Nathan Phillips, 64.
Now the story has reached President Donald Trump. On Monday, he sent out a tweet defending Sandmann and the rest of the students.
"Looking line Nick Sandman & Covington Catholic students were treated unfairly with early judgments proving out to be false - smeared by media. Not good, but making big comeback!”
Then the president quoted Fox News host Tucker Carlson, saying: “New footage shows that media was wrong about teen’s encounter with Native American.”
Additional video has come out that corroborates Sandmann’s statement. The clips showed the Covington Catholic students being confronted and yelled at before their clash with the Native American activists.
The students were harassed by a group called the Black Hebrew Israelites. In the videos, they can be heard taunting and shouting hateful things at the teenagers.
It appears the students were targeted for wearing “Make America Great Again (MAGA)” hats. In part of his statement, Sandmann explained his actions saying:
“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.”
The videos that came out showed a group of five black men debating with the mostly white students while protesting centuries of oppression. The confrontation happened outside of the Lincoln Memorial.
Phillips got involved earlier when tensions were flaring up. He claimed he started playing his drum to ease the anger between the two groups; instead, he was confronted by Sandmann who refused to get out of his way.
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