‘Smeared by Media’: Trump Defends MAGA Hat-Wearing Catholic School Teens Over Native American Vietnam Vet

Donald Trump wearing a MAGA baseball cap during rally
 
 
 
President Donald Trump, on the night of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, defended the almost entirely white, all-male students from the Kentucky conservative Christian private school who are accused of harassing and disrespecting a Native American Vietnam veteran.

"Looking like Nick Sandman & Covington Catholic students were treated unfairly with early judgements proving out to be false - smeared by media," the President tweeted, spelling Sandmann's name wrong. "Not good, but making big comeback!" he added, unclearly.

Trump then appeared to quote Fox News' Tucker Carlson: “New footage shows that media was wrong about teen’s encounter with Native American.”

In fact, those who are defending the male teens are mostly conservatives.

Meanwhile, many other journalists are making clear they believe the public's initial perception – which was also that of Covington Catholic and the mayor of the town that is home to Covington Catholic – is the more accurate take.

Deadspin's Laura Wagner, writing at The Concourse, Monday night penned an excellent take: "Don't Doubt What You Saw With Your Own Eyes."

Slate's Ruth Graham: "The MAGA Teens Aren’t Innocent Victims."

And as Kentucky's Courier-Journal notes, Sandmann's family retained the services of a local PR firm, RunSwitch, to produce their son Nick's statement. The founder of Little Green Footballs and others have made this connection:

Exactly what happened on the National Mall when several members of the extremist group known as the Black Israelites interacted with the Covington Catholic teens, and a Vietnam veteran who was on the National Mall exercising his First Amendment rights of religious freedom and free speech felt he needed to intercede may never be known.

But the narrative the teens are innocent bystanders certainly appears to be false – despite what President Trump and Fox News say.

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