Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic School student who became famous for starring in a confrontation with a Native American “professional protester” in Washington D.C. last year, had his moment at the Republican National Conference on Tuesday, Aug. 25. He spoke on why his story is vital for the upcoming November election.
Sandmann was on the cover of national and international media in January 2019 when he was waiting at the Lincoln Memorial for his bus to return home after participating in the March for Life.
Sandmann and his classmates had bought MAGA hats to show their support for President Trump, who “has distinguished himself as one of the most pro-life presidents in our country’s history.” They were approached by a group of protesters later identified as the Black Hebrew Israelites. They aggressively insulted the students to which the students responded with loud school songs to cover up the insults.
At that point, a small group of Native Americans led by Nathan Philips, whom Sandmann called “professional protesters,” headed to where the students were until he was face to face with Sandmann, who did nothing but stand there.
“While the media portrayed me as aggressor with a relentless smirk on my face, in reality, the video confirms I was standing with my hands behind my back, and an awkward smile on my face,” Sandmann said. Then adding, “Before I knew what was happening, it was all over.”
But it was not over. Overnight, a partial video of the incident went viral.
Mainstream media such as CNN, The Washington Post, among others, created the perfect scene to show the “evil” of Trump’s supporters: A white boy who disrespected and defied a poor Native American who was trying to calm the situation.
“My life changed forever in that one moment. The full war machine of the mainstream media revved up into attack mode. They did so without ever researching the full video of the incident, without ever investigating Mr. Philips’s motives, or without ever asking me for my side of the story,” Sandmann said. “And do you know why? Because the truth was not important. Advancing their anti-Christian, anti-conservative, anti-Donald Trump narrative was all that mattered. And if advancing their narrative ruined the reputation and future of a teenager from Covington, Kentucky, well so be it. That will teach him not to wear a MAGA hat.”
Sandmann emphasized why his story is essential for the upcoming election: “In November I believe this country must unite around the president who calls the media out and refuses to allow them to create a narrative instead of reporting the facts.”
Sandmann encouraged everyone to vote for Trump: “Together I believe we must all embrace our 1st amendment rights and not hiding from the media or the tech companies or from the outrage mob either. This is worth fighting for, this is worth voting for, and this what Donald Trump stands for.”
Sandmann recently won two defamation lawsuits against CNN and The Washington Post, proving the media indeed used the incident to misrepresent the conservative students instead of reporting truthfully.