eftist Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D- MN) deleted a defamatory tweet about the students from Covington Catholic High School after their attorney threatened to sue her for libel.
On Tuesday, Omar tweeted that the Covington students made insensitive comments about rape and were “taunting” the “Black Hebrew Israelites” who were actually harassing the students.
Omar–as PJ Media points out–was wrong about everything she tweeted except for the fact that student Nicholas Sandmann’s family did indeed hire a PR firm to help him combat the hostile media reporting about him and his fellow students.
Robert Barnes, who is now representing the Covington families pro bono quickly pounced on Omar’s tweet, responding, “This is libel. Retract, or get sued.”
Soon after Barnes’ tweet, Omar deleted her comments without an apology or explanation.
PJ Media writes:
The Covington kids had just participated in the March for Life, not a “protest of a woman’s right to choose.” While a short video taken of a group of teens shows a confrontation with protesters where a boy makes a joke about rape, the kid reportedly doesn’t even attend Covington Catholic High School.
The Covington boys were not taunting the black separatists, they were trying to drown out the black separatists’ racist taunts with school cheers. They didn’t surround Phillips — he walked into their midst, loudly beating a drum and chanting. And they did not respond with any “racist chants.”
Phillips went on to misrepresent everything that happened to the media, which dutifully ran with his false claims without bothering to verify them.
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resident Trump has responded to the controversy surrounding the students from Kentucky’s Covington Catholic High School, saying they were treated unfairly and smeared by the media.
Taking to Twitter last night, Trump wrote, “Looking like Nick Sandman [sic] & Covington Catholic students were treated unfairly with early judgements proving out to be false – smeared by media. Not good, but making big comeback! ‘New footage shows that media was wrong about teen’s encounter with Native American’ @TuckerCarlson”
This morning, Trump tweeted, “Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be. They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good – maybe even to bring people together. It started off unpleasant, but can end in a dream!”
The mainstream media’s original narrative was that the students–who were in Washington D.C. last Friday for the March for Life–were disrespectful to Native American protester, Nathan Phillips. However, it turns out that a longer version of the video proves that the students were taunted by protesters–most likely–for wearing pro-Trump MAGA hats. The extended version of the video also shows Phillips approaching the students.
Video also shows the students were harassed by a group of “Black Hebrew Israelites” who called the children products of incest, “peckerwoods” and “dusty ass crackers,” among other names.
Many students have reported receiving death threats after the incident and Covington Catholic school authorities cancelled classes for today due to safety concerns.
School principal Robert Rowe wrote in a letter, “After meeting with local authorities, we have made the decision to cancel school and be closed on Tuesday, January 22, in order to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff.”
“All activities on campus will be cancelled for the entire day and evening. Students, parents, faculty and staff are not to be on campus for any reason. Please continue to keep the Covington Catholic Community in your prayers,” the letter continues.