Over the weekend, photos and video came out from the March for Life. The photo showed a young high school student wearing MAGA hat standing face-to-face with a Native American man beating a drum.
Many interpreted the clip as showing the young man, who smiles in the video, disrespecting the Native American. In the background, his fellow students appear to be cheering.
The mainstream media picked up the story, and they ran with it without looking into the context. They painted the young man, Covington Catholic High School junior Nick Sandmann, as a racist.
Shortly after, Sandmann released a statement, giving his side of what happened. He said that he and his fellow students were the victims of "derogatory insults" directed at their school group by our African American protestors.
He wrote, "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 they were being attacked, a student asked their chaperone for permission to begin their school spirit chants. He says that they never chanted anything else, including not saying "build the wall."
He continues, "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."
He says the protestor in the video "waded through the crowd" and approached him. He locked eyes with Sandmann and walked up very close to his 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."
He added, "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."
He said the situation ended when a teacher told them the busses had arrived. They left the Lincoln Memorial and set off for Kentucky.
He further explained, "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."
However, after the incident went viral, Sandmann and his fellow students have received awful death threats. He has also been widely called a racist. He also said his parents are receiving death threats.
"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," he wrote.
After it became clear that the media had run with the wrong angle, President Trump reached out to the boys via Twitter. He said they had been the victims of fake news.
“Looking like Nick Sandman & Covington Catholic students were treated unfairly with early judgements proving out to be false – smeared by media. Not good, but making big comeback!” the president tweeted.
He added, “Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be. They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good – maybe even to bring people together. It started off unpleasant, but can end in a dream!” he added.
Now, the news has broken that President Trump is trying to help the boys out. They will be meeting with him at the White House as soon as tomorrow, reported Laura Ingraham.
This is amazing for them!