Setting the Record Straight on the MAGA Kids Lincoln Memorial Incident

Setting the Record Straight on the MAGA Kids Lincoln Memorial Incident January 21, 2019

So has everyone spent the weekend absorbing all the conflicting reports of what happened at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC between a group of Catholic high school students and the Native American protesters?

If you were like me and saw the initial, brief clips of an elderly Native American man, banging his drum and singing, as a teen boy in a red “Make America Great Again” cap stood inches away, smiling, you probably jumped to conclusions.

I did.

I was wrong.

The facts are, looking at that crowd of boisterous youth, many who were wearing MAGA gear, it immediately conjured up the worst possible impression, based on what we’ve already seen and know about those who promote the Trumpian MAGA philosophy. They tend to follow the lead of their master and behave horribly.

The furor surrounding that clip only heightened when the identity of the elderly Native American was revealed. He was Nathan Phillips, a Vietnam vet.

Phillips gave a tearful interview, in which he mourned discourse in the United States, when young people could act as the young man in the video clip with him had acted.

I was really feeling this guy’s pain.

But then something happened.

Conflicting reports began to emerge.

While the young man’s school, Covington Catholic High School, issued an apology for the behavior of their students and promised to further examine the incident and punish students appropriately, the young man in the video spoke up. His family spoke up. Others present spoke up.

The brief clips were misleading.

The young man’s name is Nick Sandmann. Besides being a misguided MAGAdook, he’s a junior at Covington Catholic, apparently with aspirations of becoming a chef.

Sandmann wrote a letter to CNN, which Jake Tapper revealed on Sunday.

“I am providing this factual account of what happened on Friday afternoon at the Lincoln Memorial to correct misinformation and outright lies being spread about my family and me,” Sandmann wrote in the letter.

And facts are what we need. Not hyperbole. Not rushes to point out “bad guys,” based on our politics.

Sandmann continued:

Sandmann in the letter wrote that he was “singled out” and approached by the Native American man, who has been identified as Nathan Phillips, an Omaha elder.

“The protestor everyone has seen in the video began playing his drum as he waded into the crowd, which parted for him,” Sandmann wrote. “I did not see anyone try to block his path. He locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face. He played his drum the entire time he was in my face.”

“I never interacted with this protester,” he continued. “I did not speak to him. To be honest, I was startled and confused as to why he had approached me. We had already been yelled at by another group of protestors.”

I think the problem was with Sandmann’s goofy, unflinching grin. Given what we were being told about that brief clip, the fact that he stood there and kept staring, as his classmates kept cheering, really made it appear he was the aggressor.

Think again.

So here’s the real problem: There were three, separate groups that came together at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday.

One group was the class from Covington Catholic, there to participate in the March for Life event.

The second was the Indigenous Peoples March, which Phillips, an Omaha elder, was part of.

The third, and most noxious, was a small group that calls themselves the Black Hebrew Israelites.

For those that have had any experience with, seen footage of, or read anything regarding this fringe hate group, you know they like to bill themselves as the true Israelites, as a pretense for their anti-Semitism, and speak of “Yahweh” while spewing the kind of hate you can imagine coming from the true seeds of Satan.

It’s not overselling it to say that when you hear the term, “Black Hebrew Israelites,” you’d be well within your rights to immediately think: DEMONIC.

Now, as I said, I saw the initial clips and my first response was to condemn the behavior of the kids. What I saw looked bad, and a lot of others agreed.

In fact, as is the way these days, people immediately went after the school, the kids, and in particular, Sandmann, tracking him down, contacting the school, as well as his chosen college, and demanding they condemn him.

They want this young man’s life and future destroyed because of a few seconds of a misleading clip.

Monsters.

In Sandmann’s letter, he explains how things began.

“When we arrived, we noticed four African-American protestors who were also on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial,” Sandmann wrote. “The protesters said hateful things. They called us ‘racists,’ ‘bigots,’ ‘white crackers,’ ‘faggots’ and ‘incest kids.'” He wrote that the students responded with a school chant of their own.

He was telling the truth.

In an hour long video, filmed by the Black Hebrew Israelites, apparently, you see it all. In fact, they begin the video screaming at the Native American protesters, as some approached and screamed back at them.

When the kids arrived and lined up on the steps, awaiting the bus that was to take them home, the group turned their ire and hate towards them, shouting out everything Sandmann said he heard, and a host of other racially divisive and vile things.

These were children these grown men were targeting!

The verbal abuse went on for some time, before the kids began to loudly sing and chant, to drown it out.

So how does Phillips and his Native American group come in?

Video footage shows them walk between the two groups, some of their members carrying cameras and filming, facing the students and advancing on them.

They walked directly into the group of children, and while Phillips only beat his drum and sang, other members of his group were not as calm. They directly addressed the kids, in a manner that suggested they were not there to calm things down, but to condemn them.

In the video from the Black Hebrew Israelites, you can hear them speak approvingly of the actions of the Native American group, who were, in their view, confronting the school kids, even protecting them (the BHI) from these kids, who were not the aggressors.

Phillips has mischaracterized the confrontation in the worst possible way.

“It was getting ugly, and I was thinking: ‘I’ve got to find myself an exit out of this situation and finish my song at the Lincoln Memorial,’ ” Phillips told the Washington Post. “I started going that way, and that guy in the hat stood in my way and we were at an impasse. He just blocked my way and wouldn’t allow me to retreat.”

But there were other ways around, rather than walking straight up to those kids, so why not lead your group around them, rather than through them?

The press, social media, and even some lawmakers have gotten it all wrong.

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) condemned the group of students for displaying “blatant hate, disrespect, and intolerance.”

Rep. Haaland owes those kids an apology. They weren’t the ones displaying “blatant hate” or disrespect.

“I am being called every name in the book, including a racist, and I will not stand for this moblike character assassination of my family’s name,” Sandmann wrote.

As well you shouldn’t, but once a false narrative of this nature is made public, it really is hard to get to the truth, because the sad reality is, many don’t want the truth. They crave the chaos and the power they get from destroying someone’s life.

We can only hope some of the outlets that were so quick to jump on this story take the time to watch the full video and correct the record, before it’s too late.

As for me, this is my part. This is my effort to get the truth out there, and I pray the right people take heed.

I know it’s a long video, but if you value truth, it’s worth it.

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  • IllinoisPatriot

    So who were the real aggressors and what precisely was the aggression ?

    I’ve seen several version of this story, but still have not heard who did what to whom to cause the confrontation that has everyone’s knickers in bunches.

    I get that there are two version of video clip (hour long and shorter). Is it possible that both were selectively chosen ? Was the hour-long clip close enough to pick up the verbal exchanges between all sides ?

    Frankly, this issue does not interest me enough to watch an hour-long video just to get clarification on an issue the media does not seem to care enough about to even report on clearly and succinctly.

    If the Native Americans and a Vietnam war vet were facing off against a group of high-schoolers, I’m believing what the Native Americans say because the high-school generation has built their reputations for lying, rudeness, mockery, insolence, partisan hatred, political stupidity and general disrespect toward anyone older than themselves, while the Vietnam veteran(s) have actually put their lives on the line serving their country only to come home to mockery, partisan hatred, and generally high levels of hatred directed toward them for doing their duty with honor and courage (they were spit upon, harassed, mocked, reviled, even shunned).

    If these two groups were the antagonists, what was the other group doing ? Where they attacking – and if so, which group ? Who was there first ? If the Native Americans, why were the high-schoolers taking exception to their demonstration at all ?

    As you can see, I have more questions than answers and no interest whatsoever in spending hours trying to figure out who shot John when the news media has once again screwed up the situation to the point that the full truth is likely no longer out there to be found.

    I’ll stick with my initial impression that high schoolers lack judgement in general and often try to grab the spotlight by antagonizing others so they can play the victims. The red-caps they are wearing is just more indication of their pathetic lack of judgement. As to the Native Americans, I will retain a great deal of respect for them. They have earned the respect and gratitude of all of us for serving in our armed forces and then suffering the indignity and abuse when they returned home whereas the high-schoolers have earned nothing, but demand everything because they wear red caps..

  • chemical

    For once, I agree with you.

    To me, based on the conflicting stories, I’d say those kids probably didn’t deserve all the hatred and bile that was just thrown at them, but probably earned like maybe half of it. The other half should have been directed at the Black Hebrew Israelites. It seems here, there weren’t any fine people on either side.

    …the high-school generation has built their reputations for lying, rudeness, mockery, insolence, partisan hatred, political stupidity and general disrespect toward anyone older than themselves…

    Every older generation says this about every younger generation. There are ancient Greek texts where the authors are basically saying “Kids these days!”. Personally I think the kids in general are all right, but this particular high school group is no batch of angels.

  • dekrahs

    All you have to do is look at the hats the kids were wearing to know who is telling the truth. They take their lead from the president, over 7000 lies in the last two years. And where was the adult supervision of these children.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Good question. It IS hard to believe that an entire high school field trip could go to DC unsupervised by at least ONE adult….. …Especially when bus transportation was clearly scheduled and arranged for them….

  • RustbeltRick

    The statement released by the high school kid (and his parents, attorney, and PR firm) is pure gaslighting. There’s no way you can reconcile the golly-gee tone of the letter and the aggressive and arrogant body language in the video.

  • Halftrack2

    Why wear these stupid red maga hats?? It is like waving a red flag in front of a bull in a bull fight ring… Just asking for trouble…

  • Ronald Langdon

    Susan would be able to spend every day correcting the fake news that she depends on so much for her stories. Main steam media will latch on to anything to try and destroy those who follow Trump and Pro-Life. Pro-Life march put to shaME the womens march and the left cannot stand it. Total meltdown..Susan cannot bring herself to condemn the MSM because she is a part of the same kind of journalism. There a hundred incidence like these that MSM have propagated and have not corrected. Anything base on lies will never be successful!!! Now the left calls for physical violence againstt those who do not share their madness. Most of you cannot believe the truth when it stares you in the face. SAD

  • Marla Hughes

    Far too many are giving a pass to Mr. Phillips and his group thinking Black Hebrew Israelites spewing racist/homophobic slurs and verbally attacking Native Americans needed to be protected from a bunch of teens wearing the wrong hats. Great write up, Susan.

  • Marla Hughes

    Nathan Phillips group was with the Black Hebrew Israelites. His second in command was standing beside them filming the entire time (His grand son?) They were well aware of what the BHI was saying to even their own tribe members/fellow marchers and still went after the boys in the wrong hats to DEFEND the BHI guys.

  • Marla Hughes

    Except Mr. Phillips and his group invaded the space of the teens, who had been defending black classmates, gay people and even Mr. Phillips’ own tribe members/fellow marchers from the verbal attacks of BHI.

  • Michael Lonergan

    “For those that have had any experience with, seen footage of, or read
    anything regarding this fringe hate group, you know they like to bill
    themselves as the true Israelites, as a pretense for their
    anti-Semitism, and speak of “Yahweh” while spewing the kind of hate you
    can imagine coming from the true seeds of Satan.”

    Stop blaming the devil for the actions of those that spew hatred, racism and bigotry. That small fringe group is the product of religion.

  • RebeccaSusanWright

    Yes, bad religion. Twisted religion. Demonic religion.
    What’s the problem?

  • Dorothy Margraf

    Trump is said to be pro-life. They were supporting another pro-life person with their statement. The pro-abortion people make their political connections very clear.

  • Dorothy Margraf

    Phillips is going to be checked very carefully. Dangerous times when both the left and the right are triggered by the same set of symbolic words and sounds. https://cloverchronicle.com/2019/01/21/nathan-phillips-allegedly-lied-about-being-a-marine-combat-veteran-during-vietnam-war-according-to-reports/

  • Gabby Johnson

    What a raging B.I.T.C.H. the “authorette” of this article must be. A real joy to be around. Talk about nasty. I love the way this horrible nonsense started, with joyous LEFTIST CANT:

    The facts are, looking at that crowd of boisterous youth, many who were wearing MAGA gear, it immediately conjured up the worst possible impression, based on what we’ve already seen and know about those who promote the Trumpian MAGA philosophy. They tend to follow the lead of their master and behave horribly.

    The furor surrounding that clip only heightened when the identity of the elderly Native American was revealed. He was Nathan Phillips, a Vietnam vet.

    Here’s a fun fact, Suzy: the left is violent. We on the right are not. Ever. If you have any sense or self respect you would stop being part of the anti-American leftist greek chorus and stand apart and clearly demonstrate an ability to report facts. And Suzy babe, the Nazis were ARE leftists as well.

    Hint: the Indian is a leftist activist. Hint: he is NOT a Vietnam vet.
    Hint: The irony (look it up) of reading about people like me being horrible by someone who characterizes groups of people with wide swaths is precious but boring now.

    WHY DID I READ THIS HORRIBLE CRAP???