Covington students invited to White House amid death, arson & bomb threats
Students from Covington, who became viral super-villains when a clip of them appearing to surround and mock a Native American elder was widely shared, will meet with Trump "as early as tomorrow," Fox News host Laura Ingraham initially reported on Tuesday – only to qualify the statement a few hours later with a note that any such meeting would take place "after shutdown." White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed the invitation had been issued.
Now White House now seems to be in flux re. Covington Catholic kids. Announced any meeting would happen after shutdown. Odd as it would be less meaningful if delayed. https://t.co/RHoYVgnCl4— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 22, 2019
Sarah Sanders says that WH has reached out to the Covington Catholic kids and invited them to the WH but any meeting would take place after the shutdown.— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) January 22, 2019
Meanwhile, students and parents at Covington were warned just hours before the start of classes on Tuesday to stay off campus for the day. The last-minute missive followed a letter to parents informing them that "the incident that took place at the March for Life in Washington, DC" was being investigated by an independent third party and advising them to contact the authorities in case of any threats.
This comes after radio silence since the incident other than this email yesterday — which didn't address Antifa and other groups planning to protest at the school pic.twitter.com/7ods9UuSD9— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) January 22, 2019
The threats haven't stopped coming, even after the real story has come out. Nick Sandmann, "star" of the video, and several of his peers and their parents have been doxxed, and many of those who initially called for the kids' heads on a plate have been working overtime to dig up other incidents that might justify their hate.
Prior to the Nick Sandmann incident, the Covington Catholic kids were known for dressing up in blackface and viciously harassing black athletes. They found this "entertaining".Don’t believe a word these little racists say about being victims. pic.twitter.com/zkhq1ua4g7— Nathan Bernard (@nathanTbernard) January 21, 2019
Trial lawyer Robert Barnes has volunteered his services to parents looking to sue the New York Times and other outlets that fanned the flames of hatred, telling PJ Media that "anyone who doesn't correct and retract" the fake stories could expect to hear from him. Sandmann and his family hired RunSwitch PR – ironically run by a CNN employee – to offer "professional counsel" and release their own version of the weekend's events – sparking another round of attacks.
No, looks like Nick Sandmann comes from a rich family who hired a PR team to gaslight us through a bunch of journalists and news organizations. Additional footage shows that the Covington Catholic High School students were taunting Nathan Phillips and making tomahawk gestures— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) January 22, 2019
Trump himself did not comment on the controversy until the clamor from his base became too much to ignore.Also on rt.com Missing in action: Supporters blast Trump for silence on Covington Catholic kids
If Trump doesn't end up inviting the kids to the White House, others have rolled out the red carpet – including Dominik Tarczynski, a member of the Polish Parliament.
Dear Covington Catholic students,I'd like to invite You to the Polish ParliamentAfter watching this video, I Am now standing up for these wrongfully accused young men and all of You!You are very welcome to come and speak out what You believe in!🇵🇱🇺🇸🤝#StandWithCovington— Dominik Tarczyński (@D_Tarczynski) January 21, 2019
The made-for-outrage-Twitter narrative -- privileged white kids surround and taunt a Marine Vietnam vet and tribal elder – quickly unraveled once internet sleuths turned up the complete video of the confrontation, which showed Native American activist Nathan Phillips deliberately walking into the middle of the crowd of Covington students, who were waiting for a bus to transport them home after the anti-abortion March for Life on Friday. The kids, already shaken after a group of Black Israelites began pelting them with racist and homophobic taunts, didn't know what to make of the old man with the drum, and smiled – some would say "smirked" – while trying to play along.
Burn down Covington Catholic school. Those little bastards arent Catholic, nor are they students. Of anything.— 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲𝐠𝐢𝐫𝐥 (@capricornally) January 21, 2019
The revelation prompted some soul-searching among the Resistance's ranks after the initial violent reaction –"head-first into the woodchipper" – dissipated. But not everyone was willing to abandon their initial hostility – after all, they were guilty – of being white, and smirking.
At least one journalist – Erik Abriss of Vulture – was fired after tweeting that he "just want[s] these people to die. Simple as that. Every single one of them. And their parents."
Tons of tweets ended up getting deleted, and the Washington Post surreptitiously edited their own story to describe Phillips as a "Vietnam era" vet when it turned out he never actually fought there. One of the Covington boys' grandfathers, an actual Vietnam vet, slammed Phillips for misrepresenting his identity for fundraising purposes.
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