Donald Trump has weighed in on the incident in Washington D.C. Saturday in which a crowd of MAGA hat-wearing teenage boys from Covington Catholic High School surrounded and mocked a group of Native Americans, including an elderly veteran. With conservatives and some moderates claiming that the longer version of the video and Nick Sandmann’s dubious account of the events somehow prove that early reporting was misleading, there’s no way Trump could resist sounding the trumpet 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! “New footage shows that media was wrong about teen’s encounter with Native American” @TuckerCarlson
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2019
Notably, Trump misspelled the name of the boy he was trying to defend. Nick’s last name is Sandmann, not Sandman, which is a relief. Nobody wants to be put to sleep by that face. It’s unclear what he means by “making big comeback.”
Trump references Tucker Carlson in his defense of the racist kids, which is appropriate considering the fact that Carlson has openly used rhetoric popularized by white supremacist groups, including promoting the idea that a “white genocide” is coming. Carlson also once mocked Mitt Romney for calling out Trump on his refusal to condemn the KKK.
Regardless of mounting evidence of Covington Catholic’s past racism and a new video possibly showing the same kids harassing women not long before the incident with the Native American group happened, conservatives are pushing the narrative of “fake news” hard. Those without the same agenda have viewed the full footage of the incident with Nathan Phillips and the Black Israelites and come to the conclusion that the full context makes the Covington Catholic boys look even worse. Others have pointed out that regardless of any baiting by nearby religious extremists, there is no denying the racism and lack of respect in the boys’ actions.
They still treated this Veteran with disrespect no matter how one looks at it.
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) January 22, 2019
Facts don’t lie pic.twitter.com/YPhkG6u4rc
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) January 22, 2019
No, looks like Nick Sandmann comes from a rich family who hired a PR team to gaslight us through a bunch of journalists and news organizations. Additional footage shows that the Covington Catholic High School students were taunting Nathan Phillips and making tomahawk gestures
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) January 22, 2019
Smeared by the media? For harassing a Vietnam veteran & Native American elder? This is #MAGA?
— William LeGate (@williamlegate) January 22, 2019
I watched the long version. They chose to engage with a few nutty, insulting demonstators. Things escalated and got ugly. They should have ignored the couple of nut jobs or called the police. Getting riled up was a mistake. Where were the adults?
— CathyO (@cathyob1) January 22, 2019
the president of the United States, ladies and gentlemen, standing up for racists on Martin Luther King day. what a sorry, sorry excuse for a human being. thank god we elected this thousand-kiloton dumpster fire, and not the lady who was careless with three emails, am I right
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) January 22, 2019
And Trump makes it worse.
Reality: The more about this story that comes out, the more it's clear that the #CovingtonCatholic boys acted cruelly.
The school and diocese know what happened and apologized…
But do the kids' parents realize how broken their offspring are?
— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) January 22, 2019
Smeared by the media how? There’s video of them catcalling women before their racist mocking and the insults thrown at them were from an entirely different group, they targeted Elder Phillips because he was the closest person which makes it even worse.
— AltNSA (@AltNatSecAgency) January 22, 2019
how are these boys were mature enough to attend the march for life but suddenly not mature enough to understand their actions? They aggressively engaged another’s, wore counter protest hats, rally chanted, and then encircled a permitted protestor. These are aggressive actions
— Tiffers (@vestasfirecall) January 22, 2019
Anyone who wants to can watch the videos that show clearly and unequivocally who these kids are and the profoundly racist belief system they come from
— Stefanie Iris Weiss ? (@EcoSexuality) January 22, 2019
Others are pointing out that Trump’s statement could put him in the Hypocrisy Hall of Fame.
But Trump just has to look in the mirror to see what a bigot against Native Americans looks like. He calls Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” and jokes about the massacre at Wounded Knee. Trump worships Andrew Jackson who did the whole Trail of Tears against the Cherokee.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) January 22, 2019
When will you talk about how unfairly the Central Park Five were treated by racist assholes like you?
— TDP (@TDPattillo) January 22, 2019
Oh, look, it’s the guy who made racism towards Native Americans significantly worse with his disgusting Pocahontas slur. He’s totally not going to pick sides between a white kid in a MAGA hat and a Native activist.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) January 22, 2019
And still others wish he would just get back to work and end the longest ever government shutdown.
Catching up on some TV today?
— Billy Bobby (@bob51675022) January 22, 2019
If only you cared as much about our federal workers as you do Kids wearing MAGA Hats…
— Ryan Hill (@RyanHillMI) January 22, 2019
Sir, REOPEN THE GOVERNMENT PLEASE!
— Duckaroo3 (@duckaroo3) January 22, 2019
It's not easy being President of the United States, but somehow @realDonaldTrump manages to squeeze in 8 hours of TV a day.
— Certified Mutant Enemy (@rlrr) January 22, 2019
Because his MLK Day activities only took two minutes…
— J_Rutan (@RooterMT) January 22, 2019
Are you going to weigh in on the Cardi B and Tomi spat, too? Wouldn't your time and attention be better spent for the Americans you SERVE (I.e. not the other way around) by focusing on reopening the government?
— ArmyBratProgressive (@SwimPatch) January 22, 2019
…So, I guess the new caravan isn't that big and immediate of a danger, uh?
P.S. The government is still shut. Just an FYI.
— Ben Philippe (@gohomeben) January 22, 2019
Don't you have any work to do?
— Rcudel (@rcudel) January 22, 2019
The current government shutdown has gone on for 31 days. Tired yet?