“Looking like Nick Sandman & Covington Catholic students were treated unfairly with early judgements proving out to be false – smeared by media. Not good, but making big comeback!” Trump tweeted, before referring to a topic of discussion on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show.
“New footage shows that media was wrong about teen’s encounter with Native American,” the quote tied to Carlson read.
Trump’s comment that the students were treated “unfairly” comes amid the fallout from an incident involving students from a Kentucky high school and a Native American elder at the Indigenous Indigenous People’s March in Washington, D.C.
Video clips passed around social media over the weekend appeared to show the students harassing and taunting the man, Nathan Phillips. The most widely-shared video featured a student, Nick Sandmann, with an expression many described as smirking as Phillips played his drum directly in front of him.
Sandmann and several other students were wearing “Make America Great Again” apparel during the encounter.
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