On January 18, 2019, a deceptively-edited video posted to social media ignited a media-driven public lynching of a group of teenage boys from the all-male Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Kentucky.
That day, the boys, wearing red Make America Great Again (MAGA) hats and sweatshirts, participated in the March for Life in Washington, DC. The video shows the boys surrounding, laughing and jeering at an elderly Native American man singing and playing a drum, who is identified as Nathan Phillips, an Omaha elder and Vietnam veteran.
Wiping away tears, Phillips said: “When I was there singing, I heard them [Covington boys] saying ‘Build that wall, build that wall’. This is indigenous lands. We’re not supposed to have walls here. We never did.” (WDBJ7.com)
The Covington boys were roundly denounced by media outlets and their hometown mayor. The Covington Catholic School, Diocese and Archdiocese issued abject apologies and condemnation of the students.
It turns out the full video of the incident shows an entirely different version of what happened.
Instead of the Covington boys harassing Phillips, it was Phillips and a group of fellow Native American activists who approached the boys who were doing school cheers. (The March for Life coincided with an Indigenous People’s Rally.)
As you can see in the video below, posted to YouTube on January 18, the day of the incident, Phillips tests several of the boys, then targets one of them (0:58 mark). Chanting, Phillips gets in the boy’s face with a metal drumstick and drum. Another Native American man tells one of the students, “White people go back to Europe. This is not your land.”
It got worse.
One of the Covington students told the Gateway Pundit that they were waiting for their school bus and doing school cheers when four Black Israelites got belligerent with them: “We were standing there when a group of four African Americans started calling us ‘crackers’ and ‘school shooters’” and told one of the Covington students, who is black, that “we will harvest his organs” when he gets older.
Although the full video of the incident was posted to Facebook on January 18, the truth didn’t stop the media lynching. Nor did the truth stop Jack Morrissey, a Hollywood producer of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and two Twilight Saga movies that romanticize blood-sucking soul-less vampires, from calling for the murder of the Covington boys in a tweet on January 19, 2019, saying the boys should be put “screaming, hats first, into the woodchipper.”
Unlike too many conservatives and Christians who don’t fight back against the media’s bullying and defamation, the parents of one of the Covington boys, Nick Sandmann, decided to do something.
Now, CNN has settled the lawsuit with Sandmann, which effectively is an admission of guilt from CNN.
Mike Brest reports for the Washington Examiner, Jan. 7, 2020, that the amount of CNN’s settlement remains unknown, but a CNN representative confirmed the suit’s resolution to the Washington Examiner.
The suit against CNN, which was filed last March, addressed four television broadcasts and nine articles specifically, claiming that they contain statements toward or about Sandmann that are defamatory. It sought $75 million for harm to Sandmann’s reputation and $200 million in punitive damages.
The suit read: “The CNN accusations are totally and unequivocally false and CNN would have known them to be untrue had it undertaken any reasonable efforts to verify their accuracy before publication of its false and defamatory accusations.”
Sandmann’s attorney, Lin Wood, told Fox News’s Mark Levin last year that CNN “was probably more vicious in its direct attacks on Nicholas than the Washington Post. And CNN goes into millions of individuals’ homes,” adding that the network “couldn’t resist the idea that here’s a guy with a young boy, that Make America Great Again cap on. So they go after him.”
I heard on Rush Limbaugh today that NBC and Washington Post will also settle their lawsuits.
The US economy under President Trump (yes, he’s STILL our president) is booming. Witness these recent headlines:
“Super Saturday sales the latest sign Trump’s economy is unstoppable”
“CNN Poll: US economy receives its best ranking in nearly 20 years”
“Record online sales give holiday shopping season a boost”
“Amazon Customers Set Holiday Shopping Records”
“U.S. stocks climb again in Santa Claus rally as all three main indexes close at records”
For kicks I ventured over to HuffPo last night and what is their top headline?
According to the HuffPo article, “Two men have been kicked out of the Army National Guard after liberal activists uncovered their membership in a religious group with white supremacist ties.”
The “liberal activists” who uncovered these two men? The Atlanta Antifacists group who published a report saying the National Guard members were leaders of the Norse pagan group Ravensblood Kindred. The group is part of the Asatru Folk Assembly, which researchers say endorses white supremacy. (No links for either White Supremacist group provided in HuffPo’s article and I chose not to do a search for them.)
The National Guard has approximately over 450,000 members and all HuffPo can scream about is two members being outed as (supposedly) White Supremacists by an Antifa group?
Despite the recent, great economic news under President Trump, there was NOT ONE HEADLINE at HuffPo last night about the robust holiday shopping or stock market record news on their front page.
Gee, I wonder why…
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Demorats now openly advertise their neuroses: Nasty, hysterical and angry. What a way to go through life.
From HuffPo: Tuesday is (was) National Voter Registration Day, so now’s the time to change parties, update your address for your polling location or register as a first-time voter.
Keds and fashion designer Rachel Antonoff want you to step into the voting booth in style, and they have collaborated on a limited-edition shoe for the occasion: a white canvas lace-up sneaker emblazoned with the words “Hysterical” and “Female” in thick black text. They retail for $75.
If these shoes are giving you major “nasty woman” vibes, you’re not far off. Antonoff created the “Hysterical Female” graphic to reclaim a term loaded with stigma and to “let everyone on the Senate floor know who they’re dealing with,” Antonoff said in a press release.
“It’s like a bumper sticker but even better,” she said. “I think we live in a time where it’s good to know where you stand and what you believe in right away, and it’s important to be able to put it out there.”
You want to know where I stand? Here’s my new hat I’ll be wearing next time I go to the gun range:
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On Friday, December 27, 2018, a white clerk at a vape store, XHale City, in Tucker, Georgia, went berserk at a white male customer because the customer was wearing a “Trump” t-shirt and a black “Make America Great Again” baseball cap.
The customer, Ian Furgeson, uploaded the video of the incident to Facebook (the link no longer works), and to YouTube a day later.
The video begins with the clerk repeatedly screaming at Furgeson to “get the f*ck out”, and taking a swing at Furgeson.
Furgeson was calm, and told the clerk he wouldn’t call the cops or report him to the corporate office if the clerk would just sell him the merchandise.
The clerk relented.
Furgeson said to the camera (2:18 mark): “God bless America. Capitalism wins again.”
That triggered another obscenity-filled meltdown from the clerk, who screamed:
“F*ck your capitalism! F*ck your f*cking president! He’s a racist, stupid piece of sh*t! You’re a racist piece of sh*t! F*ck off!”
The clerk then refused to ring up the merchandise, and screamed even louder at Furgeson:
Ironically, throughout the clerk’s screaming “racist” tirade, he ignored a black male customer who witnessed the entire exchange.
According to Breitbart, calls to the store went unanswered, but the store clerk was fired that evening. XHale City announced the firing on Facebook:
To our friends and customers,
Tonight, we had an employee act improperly toward a customer. Xhale City does not tolerate this kind of behavior from its employees. When we identified the employee at fault, we fired him immediately. We’ve also spoken to the customer and apologized. We value our clients and treat them with respect and dignity, regardless of their political views.
H/t John Molloy
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Recently, a delicate snowflake named Rebecca Makkai, a 41-year-old novelist who’s a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, tweeted that the red MAGA hat is a “hate symbol” and the equivalent of the Nazi swastika. Makkai doesn’t want people to wear “any kind of red baseball cap” — not just red MAGA hats — because her “heart does weird shit” when she sees a red cap and any red hats are “making everyone scared.”
In a series of tweets on August 31 and Sept. 1, 2019, Makkai (@rebeccamakkai) wrote:
Is anyone else made really uncomfortable these days by anyone wearing any kind of red baseball cap? Like, I see one and my heart does weird shit and then I finally realize it only says Titleist or whatever. Maybe don’t wear red caps anymore, normal people?
Also, for the love of God: The clever folks wearing “Make America Read Again” or whatever caps — NO. You’re making everyone scared. Don’t do it.
If you’re here to be contrary: an equivalent here would be western Hindus choosing not to use the swastika symbol in public despite it being sacred to their faith because it would offend/frighten people. The red hat has become a symbol of hate bc of how its wearers act.
Makkai is not alone.
A new Rasmussen poll found that as many as 14% of U.S. adults favor the banning of red caps in America.
The national telephone and online survey of a representative sample of 1,000 American adults was conducted on September 11-12, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports.
The question was: “A suggestion has been made to ban all red caps in America because pro-Trump Make American Great hats are red and cause anxiety among anti-Trump Americans. Do you favor or oppose the banning of red caps in America?”
A survey found that:
14% support a ban on red caps.
70% are opposed.
17% are undecided.
The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Joaquin Castro: He didn’t mean no harm to Trump supporters…
Expect things to get much, much worse as we head into 2020.
And, no matter who you are, “situational awareness” is ALWAYS a good thing. I suggest MAGA supporters practice this daily.
From Fox News: A San Antonio man was wrongly outed on Twitter as a donor to President Trump by Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro and said Friday the incident forced him to review emergency plans with his wife and three children.
Harper Huddleston said on “Fox & Friends” that his name appeared on Castro’s list instead of the name of his retired father, who contributed to the Trump campaign. He said the mix-up was because they share the same first name, but have different middle names, though his father does not go by the name Harper.
Huddleston said he supports Trump and has contributed in the past to the mayoral campaign of Castro’s brother, Julian, who is now running for president. He said he was glad to have received the negative attention instead of his father, but explained that he was forced to go over emergency plans with his wife and three children.
“We convened together as a family and talked about situational awareness, exit strategy, avoiding and exiting conflict, talked about staying low and close to home and just being at our very highest senses,” said Huddleston.
Castro, D-Texas, has refused calls from the Trump campaign and Republicans to delete the post, arguing the names of the donors are publicly available.
“Unless you support the white nationalism and the racism that Donald Trump is paying for and fueling, then I hope you, as a person of good conscience, will think twice about contributing to his campaign,” said Castro in an interview on MSNBC, where he was pressed by host Willie Geist about the likelihood that people will be harassed.
“I don’t want anyone on the left or the right to be a target of any crazy person or any person that means them harm at all,” he responded, claiming the names were already circulating before his account posted them.
Huddleston argued that when Castro, as a sitting congressman, tweets such a list, it reaches a “very large audience” and he attempted to connect “fine members of this community” to racism and white supremacy.
“Moms, dads, retirees and to associate these people with those types of claims is just wrong,” he said, arguing that he believes Castro’s actions will actually motivate the president’s supporters.
“All this does is galvanize the interest and reinvigorate making America great again,” said Huddleston.
On Thursday, another of the donors from the list, Mark Hanrahan blasted Castro for his “galling” decision.
“He knows exactly what he’s doing,” said Hanrahan, adding that his father fought in World War II and he refuses to be “bullied with slurs of racism.”