Nicholas Sandmann and his parents filed a defamation lawsuit seeking $250 million in punitive and compensatory damages for allegedly targeting and bullying him because he "was the white, Catholic student wearing a red 'Make America Great Again' souvenir cap."
Sandmann is known for this now viral video of him seemingly taunting a Native American activist, Nathan Phillips. Sandmann later followed up in an interview with NBC's Today Show stating that "I can't say that I'm sorry for listening to him and standing there.”
President Trump also seemingly praised Sandmann for his lawsuit in a tweet: "Go get them Nick! Fake News!"
“The Washington Post ignored basic journalistic standards because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily documented biased agenda against President Donald J. Trump.” Covington student suing WAPO. Go get them Nick. Fake News!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019
The Hemmer DeFrank Wessels, PLLC lawsuit cites the following timeline of January 2019 events:
While at the National Mall, a small group of adult gentlemen who describe themselves as Hebrew Israelites – a known hate group – began verbally assaulting and taunting Nicholas and his CovCath classmates with, including but not limited to, threats of physical violence and vitriol, calling the students “incest babies,” “dirty ass crackers,” and “future school shooters.”
One of Nicholas’ classmates requested and received permission from a school chaperone to engage in CovCath school sports cheers in an effort to ignore and drown out the hate speech being hurled at them by the Hebrew Israelites.
The school cheer is intended and undertaken to promote unity and school pride and should have been correctly seen as a positive act, not a racist act.
During the school cheer, Phillips and a small group of his companions – all of whom had been participating in the Indigenous Peoples March at the National Mall that day – instigated a confrontation with Nicholas and his CovCath classmates.
Rather than focusing their attention on the Hebrew Israelites, who had been relentlessly insulting both the teenagers for almost an hour and the Native Americans attending the Indigenous Peoples March before that, Phillips and his activist companions approached the CovCath students from a distance while beating drums, singing, dancing, and carrying cameras to capture the confrontation on video.
Apparently, Phillips, a phony war hero, was too intimidated by the unruly Hebrew Israelites to approach them, the true troublemakers, and instead chose to focus on a group of innocent children – a much safer endeavor for activist tactics of intimidation.
When Phillips first approached them, many of the CovCath students “felt like he was coming into their group to join in with the students’ cheers.”
Phillips intentionally walked up to the crowd of CovCath students.
The CovCath students did not move toward Phillips or otherwise actively approach or surround Phillips.
Nicholas and the students merely acquiesced in Phillips’ election to enter their group and beat his drum within inches of Nicholas’ face.
The lawsuit further details that the monetary damages being sought equate to the " amount Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, paid in cash for the[Washington] Post when his company, Nash Holdings, purchased the newspaper in 2013."
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