Donald Trump recently bashed The Washington Post for fake news while showing his support for Nicholas Sandmann.
On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, the President of the United States decided to weigh in on the lawsuit against the prestigious newspaper.
According to Trump, the Post "ignored basic journalistic standard" because it wanted to advance its biased agenda against him.
President Donald Trump at the State of the Union address | Photo: Getty Images
HALF A MILLION DOLLARS AS A GOAL
At the end of the statement, which was shared on the President's official Twitter account, Trump wrote "Go get them Nick. Fake News!"
The 16-year-old student has filed a lawsuit against the Post trough Hemmer DeFrank Wessels, a Kentucky-based law firm, and is currently seeking $250 million in "compensatory and punitive damages."
TURNED INTO A PARIAH
Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry will be representing the Sandmann family during the legal process and hope to bring justice to the story that had Sandmann's name thrown into the mud.
According to the attorneys, the Post targeted and bullied Sandmann because he was wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat and taking part in a March for Life rally.
Nicholas Sandmann during an interview with Fox News | Photo: The DC Shorts
"The Post bullied an innocent child with an absolute disregard for the pain and destruction its attacks would cause to his life. The Post proved itself to be a loud and aggressive bully with a bully pulpit."
Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry, Hemmer DeFrank Wessels, February 18, 2019
It was initially believed that Sandmann was mocking Native American Nathan Phillips, when in reality it was the latter who approached the Covington Catholic High School student.
TRUMP'S QUEST AGAINST FAKE NEWS
Trump, who always had a particularly rocky relationship with the media, couldn't help but take a jab at the Post for wrongfully accusing Sandmann. This was yet another one of the President's approach to fake news.
The Post "ignored basic journalistic standard" because it wanted to advance its biased agenda against him.
But the media has also fought back. Back in January, Journalist Julie Banderas, an anchor for Fox News, lashed out and told the President that he should not bully journalists.
The 45-year-old's reaction was connected to a comment Trump concerning John Roberts and Gillian Turner, both Banderas' colleagues on Fox News.
At the time, Trump accused both reporters of having even less understanding of the negotiations surrounding the border wall than "Fake news CNN and NBC."