Nick Sandmann, the MAGA hat-wearing Kentucky teen who was smirking at a Native American elder and Vietnam veteran at the Lincoln Memorial over the weekend, landed some airtime on the “Today Show” with Savannah Guthrie. In an insincere, plastic interview, Sandmann framed himself as a victim of racism and homophobia.
The interview began with Guthrie asking the Covington Catholic High School student,“Do you see your own fault in any way?”
The 16-year-old replied, “As far as standing there, I had every right to do so. My position is that I was not disrespectful to Mr. Phillips. I respect him. I’d like to talk to him. In hindsight, I wish we could have walked away and avoided the whole thing, but I can’t say that I’m sorry for listening to him and standing there.”
He also said Black Israelites were “shouting a bunch of homophobic, racist, derogatory comments at us.” He claims he felt “threatened” and he wasn’t sure “what was going to happen next.”
When asked if anyone shouted slurs back, he answered with this gem:
“We’re a Catholic school, and it’s not tolerated. They don’t tolerate racism, and none of my classmates are racist people.”
That part was particularly laughable considering Christian Bales, the valedictorian in 2017, was reportedly banned from speaking at his graduation — even though he earned the right — because he was gay.
“I was not surprised at all,” Bales told NBC News about the confrontation in D.C. “It was only a matter of time that something this school community did would blow up to this degree, and I think they need to be held accountable.”
In addition, back in 2011, the 90 percent white school showed Covington students wearing blackface at a basketball game. Still, Sandmann felt the need to say, “our school was slandered by the African-Americans.”
Watch Sandmann’s interview below. Racial discretion is advised.
Nathan Phillips, 64, the Native American man who Sandmann smirked at, claims he heard the white teenagers say “build the wall,” but the 16-year-old denies this.
Phillips said in interviews after the incident that he felt threatened by the teenagers who reportedly showed up at the Indigenous Peoples March after attending the anti-abortion March for Life rally. “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.’ 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.” The teenagers can be seen on the video doing a racist “tomahawk chop.”
Twitter is reacting to ‘Today’ giving Nick Sandmann — who hired a crisis management firm — a platform. See below:
Let me tell you what’s going through MY mind...you are promoting institutional racism by airing this. You give the media a bad name. This is just one, big Jerry Springer stunt. All for ratings. I can’t even believe you interviewed this kid!— Pamela Rak (@PittsburghMktg) January 23, 2019
Nick Sandmann’s responses to Savannah Guthrie are as deeply unsatisfying to me as I’m sure they are supported by folks who feel he did nothing wrong.— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) January 23, 2019
Why would you be worried about disrespecting someone you said was “harassing” you? His words don’t add up. If he was “harassing” you, why didn’t you choose to be the bigger person and walk away— #BidenHarris2020 #BLM #MentalHealth (@BaronChau91) January 23, 2019