If You Still Think 'MAGA Hat Kid' Nick Sandmann Did Something Wrong, Watch This Video
It's been two weeks since 99 percent of the mainstream media attacked a teenager in a MAGA hat for smiling at a Native American man banging a drum in his face on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. And it's been slightly less than two weeks since it was conclusively proven that 99 percent of the mainstream media screwed up. That kid, Nick Sandmann, didn't do anything wrong. On the contrary, he was the only one in the immediate vicinity who was behaving like an adult.
Some of our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the press went so far as to threaten to punch Sandmann and get him expelled from his Catholic school in Kentucky. They didn't accomplish either of those goals, but they succeeded in getting that school shut down due to hundreds of death threats. It was another stunning victory for the #Resistance, which is how most of the media self-identifies now. They saw the Red Hat of Evil, and that's all they needed to know. If you wear that hat, it's considered an enemy uniform and it makes you a legitimate target. Even if you're just a teenager who is standing stock-still and doing literally nothing.
A few of these self-described "journalists" have done the right thing and apologized for their rush to judgment. A few of them have doubled down and still insist they're right, all evidence to the contrary. Some of them have since lost their jobs in the latest round of journalism layoffs, which is a real shame. But most of them have just moved on to the next manufactured outrage du jour. They disgraced themselves, but that was dozens of news cycles ago. Why dwell on it? Shrug emoji.
In the meantime, Nick Sandmann has been smeared with an ugly lie that will follow him around for the rest of his life. Where does he go to get his reputation back?
As Debra Heine notes, attorney L. Lin Wood, who is representing Sandmann, has put together a 14-minute video that shows the truth about what happened. It contrasts the false claims of Nathan Phillips, the Native American activist who started this whole thing, against the reality. Wood writes:
2 weeks ago, the mainstream media, politicians, church officials, commentators, & celebrities rushed to judgment to wrongfully condemn, threaten, disparage & vilify Nick Sandmann based solely on a few seconds of an out-of-context video clip. It only takes 15 minutes to learn the truth. Here it is.
As you can see, everything Nathan Phillips said about the incident was a lie. Those kids weren't threatening anybody. They weren't blocking Phillips' path. They didn't chant "Build the wall" or say anything racist. The aggressors were the Black Hebrew Israelites, who were screaming at Native Americans ("You're an Uncle Tomahawk! Got your head up the white man's ass!"), gays ("On the back of your dollar bill, it says 'In God We Trust,' but you give f***ts rights!"), whites ("This is a bunch of future school shooters!"), women ("It's always our women thinking they can come and distract things with their loud-ass mouth, 'cause they're not used to dealing with no real men!"), blacks ("You, n***a! Get your old Uncle Tom ass out of here!"), and anybody else who crossed their path. They're the only bigots in this story.