The Covington boys who offended some leftists in D.C. by wearing MAGA hats or standing while white were innocently calling out cheers while they waited for the bus home. The day before, they attended a March for Live rally, which might have been offensive to the leftists. Whatever the reason, a Native-American separatist named Nathan Phillips decided to confront the boys and bang his drum in one boy’s face for several long minutes.
The crazy street preachers, the New Israelites, were at the same time calling the kids “faggot” and generally threatening them, which is why the boys’ chaperone told them they could chant to drown out the abusive language.
The kids were confused because they misunderstood the situation and thought it was a pleasant engagement at first.
THE COVINGTON BOYS RESPOND FOR THE FIRST TIME
Two of the Covington boys spoke with teen social media personality, CJ Pearson. Two of the students talk about the threats they and their families have received from so-called journalists, celebrities, and other leftists in the video.
WATCH: For the first time, Covington Catholic students respond to the onslaught of death threats, slander, and libel they’ve faced in the last 48 hours. #StandWithCovington #VERIFIEDBULLIES pic.twitter.com/4OtlTXQAVj
— CJ Pearson (@thecjpearson) January 21, 2019
THE SMILING BOY IN THE PHOTO
Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic boy who Nathaniel Phillips decided to aggressively move in on, has responded. This is his statement:
I am providing this factual account of what happened on Friday afternoon at the Lincoln Memorial to correct misinformation and outright lies being spread about my family and me.
I am the student in the video who was confronted by the Native American protestor. I arrived at the Lincoln Memorial at 4:30 p.m. I was told to be there by 5:30 p.m., when our busses were due to leave Washington for the trip back to Kentucky. We had been attending the March for Life rally, and then had split up into small groups to do sightseeing.
When we arrived, we noticed four African American protestors who were also on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I am not sure what they were protesting, and I did not interact with them. I did hear them direct derogatory insults at our school group.
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 we were being loudly attacked and taunted in public, a student in our group asked one of our teacher chaperones for permission to begin our school spirit chants to counter the hateful things that were being shouted at our group. The chants are commonly used at sporting events. They are all positive in nature and sound like what you would hear at any high school. Our chaperone gave us permission to use our school chants. We would not have done that without obtaining permission from the adults in charge of our group.
At no time did I hear any student chant anything other than the school spirit chants. I did not witness or hear any students chant “build that wall” or anything hateful or racist at any time. Assertions to the contrary are simply false. Our chants were loud because we wanted to drown out the hateful comments that were being shouted at us by the protestors.
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.
The protestor everyone has seen in the video began playing his drum as he waded into the crowd, which parted for him. I did not see anyone try to block his path. He locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face. He played his drum the entire time he was in my 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.
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.
During the period of the drumming, a member of the protestor’s entourage began yelling at a fellow student that we “stole our land” and that we should “go back to Europe.” I heard one of my fellow students begin to respond. I motioned to my classmate and tried to get him to stop engaging with the protestor, as I was still in the mindset that we needed to calm down tensions.
I never felt like I was blocking the Native American protestor. He did not make any attempt to go around me. It was clear to me that he had singled me out for a confrontation, although I am not sure why.
The engagement ended when one of our teachers told me the busses had arrived and it was time to go. I obeyed my teacher and simply walked to the busses. At that moment, I thought I had diffused the situation by remaining calm, and I was thankful nothing physical had occurred.
I never understood why either of the two groups of protestors were engaging with us, or exactly what they were protesting at the Lincoln Memorial. We were simply there to meet a bus, not become central players in a media spectacle. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever encountered any sort of public protest, let alone this kind of confrontation or demonstration.
The enigmatic smile was completely harmless, and even if it wasn’t, people are not allowed to smile at these leftist fascists?
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.
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.
I have received physical and death threats via social media, as well as hateful insults. One person threatened to harm me at school, and one person claims to live in my neighborhood. My parents are receiving death and professional threats because of the social media mob that has formed over this issue.
I love my school, my teachers and my classmates. I work hard to achieve good grades and to participate in several extracurricular activities. I am mortified that so many people have come to believe something that did not happen – that students from my school were chanting or acting in a racist fashion toward African Americans or Native Americans. I did not do that, do not have hateful feelings in my heart, and did not witness any of my classmates doing that.
I cannot speak for everyone, only for myself. But I can tell you my experience with Covington Catholic is that students are respectful of all races and cultures. We also support everyone’s right to free speech. I am not going to comment on the words or account of Mr. Phillips, as I don’t know him and would not presume to know what is in his heart or mind. Nor am I going to comment further on the other protestors, as I don’t know their hearts or minds, either.
I have read that Mr. Phillips is a veteran of the United States Marines. I thank him for his service and am grateful to anyone who puts on the uniform to defend our nation. If anyone has earned the right to speak freely, it is a U.S. Marine veteran.
I can only speak for myself and what I observed and felt at the time. But I would caution everyone passing judgment based on a few seconds of video to watch the longer video clips that are on the internet, as they show a much different story than is being portrayed by people with agendas.
I provided this account of events to the Diocese of Covington so they may know exactly what happened, and I stand ready and willing to cooperate with any investigation they are conducting.
The Kentucky prosecutor has responded to the threats against the innocent Covington boys accosted in D.C. by a Native-American separatist and crazy street preachers who hate gays and call themselves “New Israelists.”
A two-hour video appeared on social media which exonerated the boys, but the media and the other leftists won’t apologize with a few exceptions. That is pure evil.
Just in: Statement of Nick Sandmann, Covington Catholic High School junior, about the event at the Lincoln Memorial: pic.twitter.com/PkuMh2cVZM
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 20, 2019
Rob Sanders made it clear that he won’t tolerate it.
Threatening acts of violence against educational institutions in Kentucky is a felony and we don’t take it lightly no matter the circumstances. #KYcrime 🇺🇸
— Rob Sanders (@KYprosecutor) January 20, 2019
By way of contrast, Democrat Rep. Yarmuth had an irrational response and said he wants to ban teens wearing MAGA hats. He now says it was an obvious joke and is mocking the right for thinking he could be serious. Maybe he was joking sarcastically. In the least, he was nasty.
What is his excuse for the next tweet, claiming these boys behaved in an appalling manner while suggesting they were racists like the President? Of course, he thinks it’s Trump’s fault. Dems are obsessed with Trump.
DESTROY THE TARGET, INNOCENT OR NOT
Democrats who make foul mistakes don’t like to admit it so they keep attacking until they destroy the target.
The left is now accusing the kids of racism based on an old video where they appear in black paint. It’s another lie.
The kids were participating in a “blackout” event where fans wear one sole color. Almost all of the students in the video are wearing black clothing of some kind, some from head to toe.
The footage was posted on Covington’s YouTube page in 2012 under the title “Colonel Crazies Compilation Video.” It resurfaced Monday on social media.
At one point during the video, a graphic flashes across the screen saying “Blackout 2011” — which users have pointed to as proof of the students’ innocent intentions. There are multiple clips of the “Covington Crazies” donning black, and sometimes blue, face and body paint during various sporting events.