Many media outlets reported that: “Boys in ‘Make America Great Again’ Hats Mob Native Elder at Indigenous Peoples March,” the New York Times ran a headline that said “a throng of cheering and jeering high school boys” were “surrounding a Native American elder.”
64-year-old Native American Nathan Phillips said that he felt threatened by the teens and that they swarmed around him -chanted “build the wall” – as he and other activists were preparing to leave the march.
This is a lie. They didn’t swarm around him at.
Here is a video clearly showing that Nathan Phillips approached the students. On the basis of the evidence we now have, I believe that people who issued categorical and one-sided condemnations of the students should retract and apologize. pic.twitter.com/GxmXcMuQgC— Matthew Schmitz (@matthewschmitz) January 20, 2019
Also, as video evidence shows, the kids did not shout “build the wall.”
Phillips then changed his story completely with the Detroit Free Press and CNN, in which he then admitted that HE approached the students, not the other way around.
His interviews and the various videos of the incident paint a picture of him saying he is a) terrified of the Catholic students yet b) walking right up to and into their group; a) doing his best to leave yet b) pressing forward insistently; a) trying to go up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial yet b) however, there is a clear path up those steps approximately ten feet to his right.
So why didn’t he just take that route?
Phillips told the Free Press the Covington kids “were in the process of attacking these four black individuals. 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.”
More evidence proves in a nearly two-hour video of the incident in which a group of about five black individuals from the Black Hebrew Israelites
“You believe in a f***** child molester,” they shout. “The Purge is coming.” “Christ is coming back to kick your cracker asses.” Etc. One youth, apparently part of the Covington group, takes off his shirt, leads the group in what looks like a choreographed school cheer (this is consistent with the account one student provided to WKRC TV in Cincinnati), everyone joins in, then most of them sit down or take a knee at about the 1:12 mark. At that
Phillips then moves the drum even closer to Nick Sandmann’s face, so it’s just a few inches from his
As countless videos show the Covington kids did not chant “build the wall,” much less “attack” black people as Phillips says.
What videos do show is Phillps friend telling the kids to go back to Europe.
Phillips has on other occasions gotten himself into what he claims was a racist altercation with another group of youths. This one happened four years ago, also involved him approaching others, in this
The point is Phillips has fooled everyone into accepting his false version of what happened that day. And the media were all too happy to play along.
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