HATE HOAX: Native American Activist Approached Chanting Covington Catholic Teens, Got In Their FaceNative American man told media that teen "just blocked my way and wouldn't allow me to retreat."
Jan. 19, 2019
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The viral Twitter posts claiming a group of Covington Catholic teenagers aggressively "surrounded" a Native American man on Friday and "mocked," "harassed" and "threatened" him are officially part of the biggest hate hoax in years.
An out-of-context video showing one teenager standing still and smiling (with other students around him singing a school chant) while Native American activist Nathan Phillips bangs a drum and chants in his face went viral Saturday on Twitter, quickly amassing over 5 million views.
The story was picked up by hundreds of news outlets -- without a hint of skepticism -- who portrayed the kids as evil racists.
The school themselves -- before investigating -- issued a statement condemning their own students and saying they may be expelled.
Phillips told the Washington Post on Saturday that the student in the MAGA hat "blocked" his way and "wouldn't allow" him "to retreat."
"They were in the process of attacking these four black individuals," Phillip told The Detroit Free Press. "I was there and I was witnessing all of this ... As this kept on going on and escalating, it just got to a point where you do something or you walk away, you know? You see something that is wrong and you're faced with that choice of right or wrong."
"There was that moment when I realized I've put myself between beast and prey," Phillips said. "These young men were beastly and these old black individuals was their prey, and I stood in between them and so they needed their pounds of flesh and they were looking at me for that."
As the Free Press reports: "Phillips said he recalled 'the looks in these young men's faces ... I mean, if you go back and look at the lynchings that was done (in America) ...and you'd see the faces on the people ... The glee and the hatred in their faces, that's what these faces looked like.'"
Phillips told CNN he feared the teens may "rip him apart" and "spring" on him:
Newly released video shows it was Phillips who approached the teenagers as they were happily chanting their school's various anthems on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial while getting ready to leave after the March For Life rally finished.
This second video is even more dramatic:
Here's a third:
Another video shared by Joey Salads shows the students were actually being berated with racist hate by the "black individuals" Phillips described as their "prey":
Instagram user "CashBently" also shared video of himself hurling racist hate at two students for wearing MAGA hats:
You can see in this longer video which starts after Phillips walked into the crowd that he gets up in the student's face and begins chanting at him:
The student merely sits quietly in place smiling.
In this longer video, one of the indigenous activists can be heard shouting at a student: "You white people, go back to Europe where you came from! This is not your land!"
The student seen previously standing still is seen casually walking away from the scene -- in no way "blocking" Phillips' "retreat."
Towards the end of the video, when the Black Hebrew Israelite activists are heard condemning homosexuals, the students responded with shock and condemnation saying "they're still humans!"
Two students at the school shared their story with YouTuber Joey Salads:
Salads has a questionable history but I was able to contact the first student in the screenshot for myself for comment and he confirmed the statement he shared with Salads was accurately reproduced.
The same student told me they "thought the guy was just like getting everyone excited and cheering with us."
He also said they were chanting "Covcath is the best," as well as their "victory cheer" and "sumo cheer."
He said they "were just at the Lincoln memorial making sure nobody is lost and that everyone is ready to get on the bus. They just happened to be there."
Another student shared his story with WKRC and begged the media to look at the actual evidence and not lie about what happened:
In 2015, Phillips made the news after he claimed he approached another group of students at Eastern Michigan University and accused them of being "racist" for wearing Native American garb:
Regardless of the actual facts, this is how the Twitter mob reported the story:
The video embedded there was only around 50 seconds of the student looking at Phillips and smiling. The poster, "Talia," has since locked down her account.
Disgraced journalist Kurt Eichenwald said the children needed to be doxxed and "denied all work in perpetuity":
Hundreds of posts called for violence against the students.
Comedian Ben Hoffman, who goes by his alter-ego "Wheeler Walker Jr." on Twitter, offered signed vinyl albums to anyone who filmed themselves punching one of the students in the testicles:
While the Twitterati claimed this scene was evidence of the negative behavior of "mobs," the reality is the only out of control mob was the leftist masses on Twitter and the fake news media which ran with this story without hearing both sides.
[UPDATE: He DELETED the video! Have no fear, an archive is here!]
The two hour video is a bombshell. It shows the kids were being harassed by the Black Hebrew Israelites from the very start and were actually extremely well behaved considering the situation and showed incredible restraint.
UPDATE II: The absolute state of Conservative Inc.:
The Daily Caller's Benny Johnson: they're "despicable."
[UPDATE: Here's the tweet he quoted which Bill Kristol deleted.]
Kudos to Curt Schilling for telling the truth:
UPDATE III: You ain't never seen meltdowns like this before!
UPDATE IV: Looks like someone didn't tell the truth.
NYT's Maggie Haberman:
UPDATE V: Former CNN personality Reza Aslan joins the fray:
UPDATE VI: Benny Johnson, Scott Adams and Charlie Kirk have all apologized to their followers for getting the story wrong.
Kathy Griffin also joined in:
UPDATE VIII: Award-winning Princeton professor Robert P. George apologized to the students for rushing to judgement:
Meanwhile, at the National Review:
UPDATE X: Shaun King is suggesting the students are "the face of terrorism" and leftist activists are inundating the students and their parents with threats:
UPDATE XI: The narrative has officially flipped.
UPDATE XII: Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie issues statement defending Covington Catholic students from the media's smears:
UPDATE XIII: The Sandmann family released the following statement to the media -- every word of which is backed up by all available evidence:
Statement of Nick Sandmann, Covington Catholic High School Junior, Regarding Incident at the Lincoln MemorialUPDATE XIV: Phillips never fought in Vietnam.
UPDATE XV: Here's how the scene ended:
UPDATE XVI: Nicholas Sandmann defended himself in an interview with NBC's "The TODAY show" aired Wednesday.
Savannah Guthrie asked him right off the bat: "Do you feel, from this experience, that you owe anybody an apology? Do you see your own fault in any way?"
"As far as standing there, I had every right to do so," Sandmann said. "My own position is that I was not disrespectful to Mr. Phillips."
"I can't say that I'm sorry for listening to him and standing there," he said.
UPDATE XVII: Newly surfaced video shows Native American activist Nathan Phillips explicitly claimed he was a "Vietnam Vet" -- not merely a "Vietnam times veteran" or a "Vietnam veteran times" as he has stated in the past.
Retired Navy SEAL Don Shipley obtained Phillips' military records and it reportedly showed he was trained as an electrician and worked as a refrigerator mechanic stateside in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was later moved to a marine base in El Toro, California where he "went AWOL a few times."
UPDATE XVIII: Sandman family attorney L. Lin Wood on February 1st released an excellent 15 minute rundown on the incident combining tons of different videos:
[Updated with additional videos, tweets, false testimony from Phillips and other evidence.]
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