This past weekend, reports of a clash between Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat-wearing Catholic students and a Native American veteran during a rally began to spread and hit the press. However, there are now reports which claim that there is more to the story than what some people are telling, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Everything You Need to Know about What Happened
On Friday, the MAGA-hat wearing boys went to Washington D.C. in order to take part in the pro-life, March for Life event. At the time in the footage which has now gone viral, the high school boys were waiting for the bus assigned to take them back to Park Hills, Kentucky.
Around this time, a series of counterprotesters began to approach the boys while goading them and taking videos. Nathan Phillips, the Native American veteran who is seen in the viral videos, is said to have sparked the first confrontation and moreover, Phillips has engaged in similar acts in the past. This past weekend’s rally is not Phillips’ first time of taking to the streets, protesting, and getting into altercations with other individuals. In the video, one of the high school boys is seen smirking at Phillips as the latter sings and chants.
The media quickly ran with the story which portrayed the MAGA hat-wearing boys as villains. This prompted a series of condemning feedback and social media posts from many people across the country. However, the vitriol came from the counterprotesters who hurled political and racial insults at the high school boys. One of the boys who attended the rally provided a statement about the events which truly transpired.
“We initially thought this was a cultural display since he was beating along to our cheers so we clapped to the beat. He came to stand in front of one of my classmates who stood where he was, smiling and enjoying the experience.”
The statement furthermore maintains that the MAGA-hat wearing boys were not violent or racially insulting, as the media portrayed them to be:
“We did not partake in any physical or verbal abuse, did not chant “build the wall” or mock or anything of the like, and did not seek to incite violence. After that initial occurrence, we were then verbally assaulted by four or five African-American men who called us “faggots” and berated one of our African-American friends for being friends with us.”
So there you have it.
The media has some responsibility in all this, seeing as they ran with the first story which would make Trump supporters look like the villains instead of gathering all the facts first.
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