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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Footage of teenagers mobbing a Native American man and his companions at Friday's Indigenous Peoples March is sparking outrage. In the video, the man -- identified by Indian Country Today as Omaha elder Nathan Phillips -- is seen singing and drumming with fellow marchers while encircled by chanting teens, many of whom are wearing President Trump's Make America Great Again apparel. One youth pointedly stands directly in front of Phillips, smirking. The teens are thought to be students of Kentucky's Covington Catholic High School, which dispatched students to Washington D.C. for the anti-abortion March for Life, which was also held Friday. A representative for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the diocese is "just now learning about this incident and [regrets] it took place," and that they are "looking into it."


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Phillips is a veteran of the Vietnam War, and he organizes an annual ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of his fellow Native vets. "I heard them saying, 'build that wall, build that wall,'" Phillips was filmed saying in another video, presumably taken after the crowd around him dispersed. "You know, this is indigenous land," he said, wiping away tears.


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Whatever we do about border security, it can't be done by Trump. He has tainted everything with hate.

#1 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-01-19 07:04 PM | Reply

Children of recent immigrants taunt elder real American.


#2 | Posted by bored at 2019-01-19 10:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

so who are fake americans?

#3 | Posted by Crassus at 2019-01-19 10:14 PM | Reply

so who are fake americans?


Well, Corporations fer starters.

#4 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-01-19 10:20 PM | Reply

so who are fake americans?

#3 | POSTED BY CRASSUS AT 2019-01-19 10:14 PM | REPLY

what's your guess?

#5 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2019-01-19 10:22 PM | Reply

Lot of history in this story

Native American
Vietnam Vet
Honoring fellow Native American Vets
Ignorant American children
Arlington Cemetery, which is the former plantation of Robert E. Lee. Lee being a highly successful general for the Confederacy.
Chanting Build That Wall-which presumably would leave Mr. Phillips inside the wall

Seems like the ghosts of the confederacy live on in these kids-A Confederacy of Dunces

God, I hate Trumptilians.

#6 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-01-19 10:25 PM | Reply

"Chanting Build That Wall-which presumably would leave Mr. Phillips inside the wall"

They probably thought he was Mexican, because as you point out, they are "Ignorant American children".

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-01-20 12:00 AM | Reply

Vietnam Vet


It's a good thing Craig, Chad Jr, Jayden, Kayden, Braxten, Graham, etc in the video there were only screaming at a Vietnam Vet and not doing something truly disrespectful to the troops, like taking a knee during the magic freedom song.

#8 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2019-01-20 06:38 AM | Reply

Disrespecting the magical freedom cloth during the magical freedom song will make a conservative do all sorts of mental gymnastics to come to the conclusion that you should never have a job again in your life.

It's a good thing these guys were only out screaming in the faces of actual veterans. They won't have to worry about any such backlash.

#9 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2019-01-20 06:44 AM | Reply

Of course the MSM spectacularly wrong. It was these teens who were harassed by a bunch of adults not the other way around. Of course the SJW mob absolutely pounced in these teens and the school they attend.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-01-21 05:57 PM | Reply

of course you buy that narrative, jeff.

you didnt watch the entire

it hardly exonerates the maga morons.

#11 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2019-01-21 09:41 PM | Reply

Did you watch it, Alex?

I freely admit I haven't, at least not yet. However, I am reading source after source that proclaimed to have watched it (some of these sources are in the mainstream- Jake Tapper) that argue the full context is FAR different than what was originally pounded on.

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-01-21 09:52 PM | Reply

I watched the short, edited version this morning with my wife - she found it on the Detroit Free Press site - and even without context it was at worst a nothing burger. The one kid was standing in front of the Native American dude drumming. In the short clip the kid was smiling but wasn't saying anything. What happened just before was the veteran approached this kid with his drum, not the other way around.

#13 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-01-21 09:55 PM | Reply

Not surprising to see the Usual Suspects on the DR Left swallowing this hook, line and sinker.

Too bad it was a rush to judgment...again.

#14 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-01-21 11:27 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Twitter suspends account that helped ignite controversy over viral encounter

The account, with the username @2020fight, was set up in December 2016 and appeared to be the tweets of a woman named Talia living in California. "Teacher & Advocate. Fighting for 2020," its Twitter bio read. Since the beginning of this year, the account had tweeted on average 130 times a day and had more than 40,000 followers.

Late on Friday, the account posted a minute-long video showing the now-iconic confrontation between a Native American elder and the high school students, with the caption, "This MAGA loser gleefully bothering a Native American protester at the Indigenous Peoples March."

That version of the video was viewed at least 2.5 million times and was retweeted at least 14,400 times, according to a cached version of the tweet seen by CNN Business.

The video had been posted earlier on Instagram by someone who was at the event, but it was @2020fight's caption that helped frame the news cycle.


#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-01-21 11:35 PM | Reply

jeff- yeah i saw it.

the kids earned their racist head gear by doing tomahawk chops.

#16 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2019-01-21 11:38 PM | Reply

linds @roflinds

The Covington Catholic boys harrassed my friends and I before the incident with Nathan Phillips even happened. I'm tired of reading things saying they were provoked by anyone else other than their own egos and ignorance

This video is short because we walked by and were surprised to be yelled at. I took my phone out to send it to my friends back home for a laugh. I simply could not ignore the media saying they were provoked so I posted it

Also for those asking the full details, the interaction wasnt very complicated. We walked by, they started yelling, we asked them how old they were, they replied "old enough", kept yelling, and we rolled our eyes and kept walking.

Last thing, for people wondering what they yelled, all we specifically heard was "MAGA", "Build the Wall", and some people say they hear "----" at the end of the video ok it's past my bedtime goodnight twitter


#17 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-01-22 12:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The first story is the correct one.

Subsequent video only supports that.

The MAGA hats alone should have clued you gents into the character of these young men.

#18 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-01-22 12:24 AM | Reply

Teen's statement written by GOP-affiliated PR firm:

Charles Johnson @Green_Footballs

The statement from MAGA teen Nicholas Sandmann came through GOP-linked PR firm RunSwitch. Who put them in touch? I don't think most high school kids have Republican PR firms in their address books.

Adam Parkhomenko @AdamParkhomenko

Adam Parkhomenko Retweeted Charles Johnson
This is the firm started by former Rove/McConnell aide and current CNN contributor Scott Jennings. It's the firm that handled McConnell's super PACs in ‘14. Reminder these high school students are also McConnell constituents.

The Hoarse Whisperer ‏ @HoarseWisperer

The Hoarse Whisperer Retweeted Adam Parkhomenko
Someone should ask Jake Tapper why he promoted PR spin from a firm founded by a CNN contributor as if it was a statement written by a Covington teenager.

#19 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-01-22 12:44 AM | Reply

"Scott Jennings is RunSwitch co-founder and partner, providing senior level communications, public affairs, political and crisis communications counsel for national and international clients. When it comes to blending grassroots campaigns, communications tactics, and political strategy, Scott is one of the most experienced and successful operatives in the country. His expertise on political strategy, polling and public policy often lands him on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and other national media outlets who value his experienced insights. In June 2017, Scott signed a contract with CNN to become a Political Commentator."


#20 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-01-22 01:06 AM | Reply

the kids earned their racist head gear by doing tomahawk chops.

Wow. And for that they need to be punched in the face, expelled from school, doxed and God knows whatever else?

#21 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-01-22 07:24 AM | Reply


Read Kirsten Powers Twitter regarding the incident.

Journalism is dead, you are on your own to find the truth.

#22 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-01-22 07:44 AM | Reply

Wow still clinging to narrative even when the video evidence won't support it. Sad.

#23 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-01-22 08:24 AM | Reply

If real, then relevant:

Amee Vanderpool @girlsreallyrule

Latest Covington Catholic video from the Lincoln Memorial incident on Friday has surfaced where one of the students yells, "It's not rape if you enjoy it!"

Good luck spinning this one...


#24 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-01-22 10:56 AM | Reply

Very sad.

#25 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-01-22 11:02 AM | Reply

where were the adults? Jesus....they let this get out of hand and it could have been prevented.

How many were there? 100K? 300K? many are teenagers who take a pilgrimage there for the march.

a few get out of line with another protester where no violence occurred and it's this big of a deal?

get a ------ life, people.

#26 | Posted by eberly at 2019-01-22 11:16 AM | Reply

Get free BJ from funny SNL writer if you punch the maga wearing minor.

Sarah bettie, child violence proponent.


#27 | Posted by mutant at 2019-01-22 12:30 PM | Reply

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