COVINGTON, Ky. (FOX19) – Covington Catholic graduate Nick Sandmann spoke Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention some 20 months after videos surfaced of an incident at the March for Life in Washington DC.
The initial video showed the self-identified Sandmann and Nathan Phillips, an indigenous man who was participating in the Indigenous Peoples March. Other videos later surfaced showing different angles of the incident.
Sandmann recounted the incident from his perspective, saying his âawkward smileâ hid two thoughts: âOne, donât do anything that might further agitate the man who is banging a drum in your face, and two, I was trying to follow family friendsâ advice not to do anything to embarrass your family, your school or your community.â
Following on the heels of President Trumpâs adoption of the phrase, Sandmann sought to connect his experience to so-called âcancel culture,â in which he says the media generally is a âwilling participant.â
âCancel culture,â in Sandmannâs words, refers to an attempt to ârevokeâ or âannulâ somethingâits existence, legitimacy or usefulnessâwith the most obvious recent example being the presidentâs own call for a boycott against Ohio-based Goodyear Tire.
I canât tell you all enough about how excited I am to be apart of this years RNC! https://t.co/lur4zw1YS8
Sandmann recently announced he settled with the Washington Post in one of eight lawsuits heâs filed against media outlets in connection with an incident at the March for Life in Washington D.C. in 2019.
CNN reportedly agreed to a settlement in a suit in January, though the settlementâs dollar figure also was not disclosed.
We have settled with WAPO and CNN. The fight isnât over. 2 down. 6 to go.Donât hold your breath @jack.
Sandmann also initially sued NBC Universal in U.S. District Court in Covington. Then, five additional media outlets were sued back in March: Gannett (which owns USA Today and the Cincinnati Enquirer), ABC, CBS, The New York Times and Rolling Stone.
âAll of the future defendants listed above have published or republished statements made by Nathan Phillips and others that Nicholas blocked or otherwise restricted Phillipsâ free movement and would not allow Phillips to retreat at the National Mall on January 18, 2019. Nicholas reserves his right to file complaints in this is Court or any other court against any other potential defendant not listed above, subject to the applicable statute of limitations,â reads a report Sandmannâs lawyers filed with U.S. District Court in Covington back in February when they said they intended to file complaints against the five additional media outlets.
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