AMAGA hat-wearing 16-year-old high school student who went viral after a video showed him smirking at a Native American activist earlier this year in Washington, D.C., was continuing his legal assault on media companies in the most spectacularly privileged way imaginable: by suing them for hundreds of millions of dollars for reporting facts.
Nick Sandmann, who starred in the video showing him and his fellow Covington Catholic High School students taunting Nathan Phillips, announced he was suing NBC for $275 million. That came after his lawsuit against the Washington Post.
“Today, @LLinWood and I filed a $275,000,000 lawsuit against NBCUniversal on behalf of Nicholas Sandmann,” the Kentucky teen’s lawyer posted to Twitter on Wednesday. “The facts of the suit show the anti-Trump narrative NBC pushed so hard.” Attached to the tweet was a 179-page complaint accusing the network of publishing “false and defamatory accusation” against the teenager.
Earlier this year, Sandmann’s team also sued the Washington Post in a federal lawsuit seeking $250 million in damages and alleging the famed news outlet “targeted and bullied” the Kentucky teenager in order to embarrass Trump. The lawsuit pointed to seven defamatory articles published by the newspaper as evidence.
“The Post ignored basic journalist standards because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily documented, biased agenda against President Donald J. Trump by impugning individuals perceived to be supporters of the President,” the suit states, adding that the newspaper “bullied” Sandmann “because he was the white, Catholic student wearing a red ‘Make America Great Again’ souvenir cap.”
A spokeswoman for The Post said the newspaper plans “to mount a vigorous defense” in the case.
Sandmann and his classmates were on a school-sponsored trip to the nation’s capital when Sandmann confronted Phillips on Jan. 18 at the Indigenous People’s March. The teens, most of them wearing MAGA hats, were shown in the video gathering around Phillips like a mob, mocking his religious chants and yelling at the elderly Native American man.
The teens were widely condemned after the incident. However, a public relations firm hired to quiet the storm went on a media blitz to claim that the students were the victims of racism from a group of Black Hebrew Israelites who allegedly yelled racist slurs at the white teenagers.
After initially apologizing for Sandmann and his classmates’ behavior, the Covington Diocese in Kentucky reversed course and defended the students. The diocese hired a private firm to investigate the incident. To no one’s surprise, the company issued a report on Feb. 13 that cleared the students of racist behavior.
It appears that instead of turning this into a teachable moment, the students’ teachers and religious leaders condoned their actions.
This is America.