Trump Celebrates Covington Student Suing the Washington Post

Trump Celebrates Covington Student Suing the Washington Post

Trump Celebrates Covington Student Suing the Washington Post

President Donald Trump issued a tweet cheering on the defamation lawsuit a Kentucky high school student filed against The Washington Post for the paper's coverage of his encounter with a Native American activist last month.

The lengthy complaint, which carried the names of five attorneys from two law firms, alleged seven "false and defamatory" articles published online or in print by the Post.

The firm also suggested this might be the first of many lawsuits filed against news outlets.

But last week, the diocese announced that a private detective agency that it hired to investigate the incident had concluded that the Covington students had neither instigated a standoff with Phillips nor made "offensive or racist statements".

The suit alleges that the Post "targeted and bullied" 16-year-old Nicholas Sandmann in order to embarrass President Trump.

The lawsuit further argues that the newspaper ignored the truth about the incident and says the paper falsely accused Sandmann of accosting Phillips by suddenly "swarming" him in a threatening and physically intimidating manner.

And, according to the student's lawyer Lin Wood, "additional similar lawsuits" will reportedly be filed in the weeks ahead. They were confronted at the Lincoln Memorial by members of the Black Hebrew Israelites, who began shouting racist comments directed at the students.

Sandmann and Phillips have both said they were trying to defuse the situation.

Phillips claimed in a separate video that he heard the students chanting "build that wall", during the encounter, a reference to Trump's pledge to build a barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico. Longer recordings of the encounter emerged that gave a fuller picture of how the event developed, including scenes in which the students were mocked by a third group of demonstrators - and ones that seemed to show Phillips had approached Sandmann, not the opposite.

"My position is that I was not disrespectful to Mr Phillips".

A short clip of that interaction spread explosively on Twitter alongside a narrative claiming the students - many of whom were also wearing the red caps denoting support for President Donald Trump - had bullied and harassed the Native American group with chants including "Build the wall!" He was chanting and beating a small drum when he came face to face with Sandmann.

After the January 18 encounter outside the Lincoln Memorial, deceptively edited video clips were shared online that seemed to show the pro-life high schoolers surrounding and mocking a Native American.

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